At the waterpark, a little girl swam up to me in the basketball pool and said, "I remember you. You were very nice and helped me out once. It's been years since we were last together."
I remember her exact words because they were so sharp they made a mark and I immediately turned to repeat it to Jeff. We remarked how she was kind of a fast-forwarded version of Ivy, someday.
She was seven, and her name was Ellie. And she stayed by me a long time, smiling and acting like we were friends. I even watched her when her mom went to get an iced coffee. I swear we never met before but something about it felt so right and okay.