page 108 of 244 of An Unrestored Woman

The Lost Ribbon

I wonder if the ribbon is not only referring to her daughter’s yellow (not white) ribbon, but also refers to a part of herself, such as how she was raped at 14, and also of the way memory works where we don’t remember everything we’re more like “pebbles skipping across a pond” and what is lost is the time spent in the air before impact. She’s also describing involuntary memory a’la Proust.