Walking towards the softball field, laughter filling the air. Bright yellow sparks and salmon pink coloring the indigo blue sky.

As I get closer, the volume amplifies; sucked into a sound whirl, Willy-Wonka style.

Suddenly, a woman turns around, long, brown, wavy hair, completely bald on top. She smiled and continued to spread joy, cackling, slapping her leg from excitement. My split second, unconscious self trying to piece the scene together is completely blown away by her confidence. No, her full self embrace and I, too, felt the embrace of her spirit.

Since then, I’ve thought about her and her beautiful soul, lightning up the night. A split second encounter changing my life, once again.