It occurred to me that perhaps part of the reason I identify so strongly with Rose – with whom I have almost nothing in common – is because my life, like hers, took a sharp turn at the age of 19. Perhaps I still feel like a lost 19-yr-old sometimes. That there’s something huge missing from my life.
How I wish to share a moment like this with her. How I wish to relate to her as an adult, an equal. How I wish I could hear her experiences, now when I might actually listen. Sarah Jane is so her. So happy, so loving, so brave. I imagine if Mom had those extra 20 years Lis Sladen had, what she would have accomplished. 20 years making a difference for young people? 20 years experiencing her own children as adults? What a world.