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Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the minds true liberation
~ lyrics to Aquarius by Hair
It's funny how someone that you meet for a "nano-second" or for a short slice of time from the pie of life can make a difference in how you live your life. I bet "Tom" doesn't remember me..........if he does it will be "vaguely" at most I am sure. I remember Tom.........and a few things about him vividly.
I was 9 years old, Tom and his room-mate lived next door to us in the apartments we moved into temporarily when we left our house on Shelby Drive in Richmond, VA.
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Two single guys in their 20's. I don't know if I would think so today but to a 9 year old that lived a not so "cool" life........they were "SO COOL!" Tom drove a Volkswagon which was very much in vogue......but his was super special it had a purple opaque stearing wheel in the shape of a peace sign! :) It was opaque true......but hard...... almost like blown glass that doesn't shatter? it had some bubbles in the make up of it that you could see in the center making it a perfectly imperfect piece of art..... I don't think I ever got to ride in the VW but I did admire this steering wheel often, through the open window. I would reach in and touch it sometimes and pretend the car was mine. I think this type of steering wheel is extinct now...... may even have been "outlawed" because I haven't seen once since and I even did some internet searches for them for this posting and was not successful in finding it in any form or anything close to show you.
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My image was crushed when I found out that those "scratches" were "stretchmarks" ....battle wounds of a much different type. Funny, no one ever asked me about my own stretchmarks........ at least where they came from....... but if they ever do I am ready with an answer for them........ that tiger in the woods (not to be confused with "tiger woods" gets around!
I took pieces and parts of Tom at a very young age to develop who I have been my entire life. Its amazing that someone so remote from your own life and whats going on in it...... can impact your life in such a way that you remember the details, the smells, the sights, even the touch of what I experienced through Tom and his room mate I can recall very easily, just by drifting away in thought. Thanks Tom............where ever you are