Between my world and the real world lay the portal. Not some high tech, science fiction time machine filled with lights and atomic particle manipulation. Nope. Just a tire swing.
Behind my house there was a thick line of tress, barely penetrable. It separated my home in 1960’s suburbia with its manicured lawn; two point five children, a car and a dog form the “real world. That is, beyond the tree line lay a huge cornfield. And beyond that, other neighborhoods, shopping center, schools, and people. For a five year old, the difference was significant.
In the center of the tree line stood an ancient oak tree. Tall and wide. Scarred by the strike of a lightning bolt. No one knew how old the tree was. Or when the lighting had struck. It was too big to wrap my arms around, and even today still is I imagine. From it’s lowest limb hung a thick hemp rope. At the end of the rope, the tire. Just high enough off the ground so it would swing back and forth. I could sit on top, or in the opening. Swinging for hours.
When I was young I would just swing, staring out. Imagining. As I got older, I pushed the tire aside and stepped through the portal. Into the world. Walk to a store here or there. Build a fort in the cornfield. Real, and imagined. Two worlds combined.
So simple to push the swing aside and walk out. Like going through any door. But this door, the portal, took me to a new world. I don’t know what triggered this memory. This thought. I was on the verge of falling asleep in my bed when it hit me. I had to get up to write it down. I must be standing at another portal. Looking out. Ready to push the door open and step out.
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