Describe a memory you perceive differently now than you did when it occurred.

I was sent to Australia and New Zealand by my family in middle school. The mother of a friend of mine asked if I could send him a present while I was there. By the end of the trip, I had very little money. I ended up buying myself food on my last day (as opposed to buying and sending my friend the letter). I explained it as lost mail, but the truth was, I was hungry. When I got home, I felt guilty. However, I kept asking if the letter had arrived.

My hope was that the guilt would pass from me to someone else. It [the letter] obviously never arrived. I no longer speak with this person, but it isn’t about the note. But I always remember to keep promises now, be they little or small. I wish I could get back to Australia simply to pick up something for him.