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Born and raised in Southern Indiana, this Hoosier transplanted herself to the Windy City after graduate school. Her passion is teaching, with writing come a close second and gaining momentum. She currently teaches College of DuPage as an adjunct professor in the physical education department and runs a martial arts studio in Naperville, IL. She holds the rank of 3rd Dan in the United States Hapkido Federation.

Friday, July 25, 2014

If I could turn back time ...

And no, not going to sing the Cher song.

A friend recently asked me if I could go back in time, to what time would I go? I couldn't answer at the time. Would I go back and try to stop the JFK assassination or Lincoln's? Would I try to prevent 9/11? Kill Hitler? Or more close to home, would I go back to stop my uncle from riding his motorcycle to work that awful August morning?

I've thought and thought and I've come to the conclusion ... I would want to go back and experience a Christmas with my grandparents one more time. To enjoy that innocence that has been lost. To not have a care in the world other than being good so Santa would bring presents - and of course hoping Santa could find me as I was at my grandparents' home and not in my own home. To be young again, running around in my grandparents' basement with my cousins, grabbing one of those tiny bottle Coke-Colas they used to make. Or at my other grandparents' place, running up and down the field, from great-grandma's place and back. 

I'd love to have one of grandma's hugs again - either one of them. And I'd ask my grandpa about his experiences from World War I - something I regret I never did. Or ask my other grandpa about how he lost his thumb as a boy and how he dealt with it. I'd actually love to watch Laurence Welk with my grandparents again ... although as a kid back then, I found it very boring.

So I would be selfish; I'd go back for myself. Not to change the world, not to change history, but to have that one, singular feeling of a childhood Christmas, one more time.

So, what would any of you guys do if you could go back in time? Anyone is welcome to post.