I almost walked past her without recognition.

I hesitated for a moment and turned to her. I couldn’t take my eyes off of hers.

After a few moments, I took a few steps toward her without breaking my gaze.

“I almost didn’t recognize you,” I whispered, taking off my glasses to look deeper into her brown eyes. She had dark circles around her eyes that were not there the last time I looked at her. When was the last time I actually looked at her?

As I stood there staring at her, she stared back at me, without saying a word.

I looked deeper into her brown eyes and saw the sadness hidden behind the smile.

“I’m glad you’re back, it’s been a long time,” she said, breaking the silence between us.

I stared at her for what felt like an eternity. I wanted to pull my eyes away and look anywhere but at her.

“It’s okay child, we all change. The strong will embrace the changes and you are strong,” she whispered. “Don’t ever forget you are one of the strong ones.

Tears began to slide uncontrollably down my cheeks as they did hers.

“Thank you,” I said to my reflection in the mirror.





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