It had been a year, but I recognized AN instantly. She was still wearing the same jacket. Same AN, I thought.
We threw a going away party for AN last year. She had just graduated and had a plan. She and her husband were heading on a trip to Asia followed by one to Europe. After she returned, she would find a job.
AN noticed me. As we greeted each other, two men stopped right next to her.
“So what’s new with you?” I asked.
“Well, I just became a mother,” she said and pointed to the stroller one of the men had been rolling. She introduced me to G, her six week old son. AN explained, “Yeah, I found out I was pregnant just after we returned from Europe.”
We said our goodbyes shortly thereafter and went on our separate ways. As she left, I realized that the jacket was the only thing that hadn’t changed.