1995

“What did you say?”

“Yesterday, I was 12 years old. I had my birthday. It was a sleepover with all my friends. I woke up this morning, and I’m…old. Older.”

“Laurie, we all feel like that. Life goes by so fast, it feels like just yesterday I was 12 years old too.”

She shook her head, “No, it’s not like that. I was 12 yesterday, literally. I woke up this morning in bed next to a man I don’t know, but he says he’s my fiance. Something happened last night, and I seem to have fast-forwarded through the last 17 years.”

Mary Beth looked at the woman who had been her best friend for 10 years, and she wondered if Laurie might be having some sort of life crisis.

“I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. I have no idea what happened in my life. I don’t know who you are, I don’t know who that man is. I don’t even understand what my job is. I was asked to do a presentation on, like, social media something?”

“Marketing. Social media marketing. You are a social media guru, Laurie. You know everything there is to know about marketing businesses using Facebook, Twitter, and all that stuff. You’ve been doing it for years.”

Laurie had a dumb-founded look on her face, “I don’t know what any of that stuff is.”

Mary Beth did some quick math in her head, “Seventeen  years ago…1995. That’s when the internet really became commercialized. I’m sure you had America OnLine in your home?”

Laurie laughed, “We don’t have a computer at home. Dad doesn’t think it’s worth the money.”

It was Mary Beth’s turn to laugh, “But your dad is a computer engineer.”

Laurie shook her head, “Dad teaches math at Lincoln High.”

“Laurie, you’re 29 years old now. I can’t imagine how 17 years of your past have vanished overnight, but it’s true. And it looks like you’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”

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