As we flick the page over to 2016 tonight, I’m posting on EverThineHome.com again: What Makes You Remember?
With grateful permission, I’ll post the beginning here.
In my dad’s garage are stashed a few items that would be of little significance to anyone else, but that mean the world to him: a charred license plate. An old mechanic’s shirt—the kind he wore daily in his farming years—with the back torn away entirely.
These, he’s told me, represent the days God saved me and my family.
The charred license plate was removed from a 1977 Cadillac Seville. The driver? A slightly more youthful version of my mother, pregnant with me, her firstborn. Only a half mile from our farm house, she’d yielded at the intersection. But it was summer, and the field of corn stretched green and high. Another car was charging through somewhere around the posted 55 miles per hour.