Yes, that’s me. Reticent and uncomfortable posing for a picture, after being soaked in sweat and my long hair stuck to me. While many of my friends were photogenic, I was always the Plain Jane. By the way, my maiden name is De Leon, contrary to what the yearbook editors published.
I bought some Echinacea flowers, adorned them in a vase and now I admire them as I write this. My fondness for flowers is new. I didn’t have an appreciation for them prior to the day my son bought me roses for the first time and I took pleasure in their bold red color and relished in my son’s felicity at surprising me. I found joy in the eyes of my son.