MEMORIAL DRIVE

My neighborhood is not like every other one in town.

memorial day | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk 3In my neighborhood, there is a beautiful parkway lined on either side by 568 perfectly spaced trees.

Each tree is planted in honor of a fallen loved one.

At the base of each tree is a bronze cross.

On each cross is engraved the name of a person who meant the world to someone.

A person who died too soon.

Person after person, continuing on for four miles.

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On days like today,

my neighborhood gets a lot of visitors.

Remembering.

Looking.

Pausing.

And, if they are like me, also wondering.

What if these lives had lasted just a little bit longer?

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by julie rybarczyk

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