We met in 3rd and 4th grade. Autumn was the new kid in school and we became fast friends, lasting throughout elementary, junior high, and high school. She was present at both of my sister's weddings...first my little sister when she (at the age of 3), married my stuffed bear, Taylor. And second, at my older sister's wedding as a lovely (adult) bridesmaid. Autumn is the kind of friend who, despite losing touch for a while, can pick up right where we left off, laughing, joking, and talking.
In the last 5 years, we've lived in different parts of the country and been to different countries when suddenly, we found a chance to reconnect. Her visit landed smack in the middle of an earthquake and a hurricane. But leave it to Autumn's perpetual optimism to enjoy every minute of the ill-timed catastrophes. "I'm just so happy to be here, to see you and your life after all these years." She said. "I can't help smiling like a school girl."
Yes, from her brown eyes to her considerate manner, to her witty sense of humor. A smiling school girl is just what I remember.
Since our care-free days of make-believe and inside jokes, Autumn has discovered a gift of music. Self taught on guitar, and she composed this, and other heartfelt, tender songs. After digging out my condenser microphone and sorting cables, we recorded it. Hope you Enjoy. I did.