May 30, 2010

Starting Over

I'm starting to settle in here in Salado. Before I can move forward, though, I have to close that last door to the past. The lease is almost up on the apartment I left behind so I went to get my stuff. Everything was fine until I found that box that was stuffed under the bed.

Starting Over: Re-Run in a box

When I said goodbye to Re-Run, I put her things in a box and hid it away. I had forgotten all about it. Seeing these things now, she floods my memory. She was such a great companion and these were her favorite things. I considered tossing the box, but I think I'll hang onto it for a while.

I sent another letter to Kayla. Sometimes I don't know why I keep writing her. She never returns my letters. I am probably the furthest thing from her mind. Lately, she is the first thing I think of when I wake and the last thing when I lie down to sleep. Where are you, Kayla?

May 25, 2010

Homeward Bound

My whirlwind trip is coming to a close and it's time to head home. I found an ad online for a live-in caretaker at a ranch in Salado. John and Mary Anderson seem like nice people and I think I might be able to qualify for an internship at the local vet. 
thinking of you

Even though we've parted ways, I don't feel like I've been left. I feel solid. Here is this woman (Mei Ting) who picked me up and asked for nothing in return. She even helped me find the ranch in Salado and bought me a ticket home. When I asked her why, she said, "Because I can and when you can help someone, you always should." I owe her a great deal…maybe everything.

I wasn't sure I wanted to tell you everything that happened... so I'll just post a picture instead... It was our last night together and it was beautiful.

May 21, 2010

My Chinese Savior

I never thought I'd end up in China.

Last I wrote, I was in Ireland, in despair. I was broke and didn't know what I was going to do or where I was going to go. Turns out there is a way for a gal to make money abroad (and it's one of the oldest professions). My plan was to save up enough money to get home. Let's just say that I ended up meeting a lot of new people. One person, in particular, knew how I was earning money and didn't judge me. I still do. I suppose I always will. Her name was Mei Ting and she was passing through on her way to China. Mei Ting is from there, but she lives in the States. She asked me if I would like to go with her to China and I couldn't say no. Anything was better than rumbling through Dublin looking for a quick buck.

She showed me around. My favorite place was the Great Wall. It's amazing that this structure has been here for so long - it's older than all of us and remains strong as the day it was built. It made me feel so small in this big world. After two weeks, I all but forgot about my gypsy friend, Sara. I feel invigorated by this trip. I am ready to go back to Texas and live again.

April 11, 2010

So Cold In Ireland

the cold window

Why does it have to be so cold in Ireland? I woke this morning to an empty bed and a note on the dresser. Sara's gone. She left in the middle of the night. Why does everyone leave me? Kayla, Re-run and now Sara. They all leave me. 

The room is paid for through the week. I'm stuck in a foreign country with no money, nothing. I have three days to find a way home and I don't know if I can do it. I don't know where I'll go and I don't know how I'll get there. I don't have a choice, I just want to get home. What will I find when I get there? I don't have anybody there, I don't have anybody anywhere. Jon-Michael is MIA and I don't know where Kayla is. I sent her so many letters, but nothing. I can't go back to Paris…

…maybe I just need to find a new home.

March 31, 2010

Enjoy the Silence

We've been out and about for a while now...going from city to city without much of a rest. We arrived in the County Cork last night. This is Sara's favorite place to unwind. For the first time, there are no strangers, no mysterious errands - nothing but peace and quiet. Nothing and no one but me and her. It's nice to be alone with her. I could stay here forever. It's so beautiful, she's so beautiful.

Sara has been avoiding my camera all this time, but I managed a snap in the wee morning hours.

Of course she moved as I snapped it, my blurry friend

March 12, 2010

In Captivity

being silly here, but I'm actually scared of being locked up
Last night was roughI had one of the worst nightmares that I can remember. I dreamt that I was back in the flat my parents got me in Paris and that there was this woman... She looked like me, but she wasn't me and she was possessed. I haven't seen the Exorcist since that time Jon-Michael rented it and insisted that we watch it with all of the lights off. I had nightmares about that movie for months, but this was different. I woke up before anything really happened, but I was still scared. I was sweating and crying. I think I might have screamed because Sara was awake next to me. She held me close and kissed my head as she told me that it was going to be okay. When I closed my eyes and breathed her in, I actually believed it. I felt silly when I told her about my dream, but she said that it made sense. Apparently, dreaming about demonic possession is a good thing. Who knew? Sara said that it means I have unresolved issues. Will I ever escape this captivity? Somehow, Linda Blair is not so scary anymore.

February 17, 2010

Walking in London

We arrived in London yesterday. Sara has a friend here, she has friends everywhere. He let us stay in a spare bedroom at his flat. I slept next to her - we've been sharing the same bed for the last few weeks.  I've watched her sleep these many nights and I want to reach out and touch her. I can't really explain it, it's not like I'm a lesbian or anything. This woman, she's just so magnificent. I don't think she feels the same way about me - I don't know what I would do if she did. We stayed up late, as we do, talking of her travels. It's an interesting life she leads. She never stays in the same place for more than a few days and she never knows where she'll be in a week's time. She says that she doesn't make plans, they make her. She follows her nose to the next city and opens herself up to whatever or whoever comes. She smiled at me when she said that. I wonder how many people have been like me, swept up in the tornado that is this woman. Mesmerized by her existence and captivated by her presence. She's so   amazing, I just want to live in her light.
I left early today to explore the city. Sara insisted that I go out and explore on my own for a while. A big part of me is scared that she won't be there when I return, but she promised that she wouldn't leave me behind. London is beautiful - I spent the entire morning walking through the streets. It's strange that so much of that stuff we learned in history class happened here. The city's age is reflected from side streets and buildings, but all of the cars and shops make me feel like I'm in a time warp. 

I returned to the flat to see if Sara was up for lunch. She loves to sleep in, rising whenever she feels like it. Hers is a life of complete freedom. If she doesn't want to do something, she doesn't do it...plain and simple. I heard voices when I walked in - one of them was hers. The other belonged to an Englishman and it wasn't the friend we were staying with. I was quiet as I crept down the hallway to the bedroom. The door was only slightly ajar and I peeked in through the crack to see her bent over with her hands on the desk as he took her from behind. She looked bored as he had his way with her. It didn't last long and he was zipping up within minutes. She leaned back against the desk and held out her hand to him. He handed over a wad of cash and she told him to show himself out. He came out of the room and I dove into a closet. After he left, I stayed in the closet. I didn't know what to do. 

There was a knock on the door and I heard Sara's voice. She told me to come out, but I really just wanted to pretend that I hadn't seen any of it. She opened the door and poked her head inside. She didn't apologize for what she had done. She wasn't even ashamed. she knelt down in front of me and kissed my hand. The feel of her lips on my flesh was intoxicating. She started to explain, but I couldn't hear her. Our eyes met and she said something in French then she kissed me. I forgot all about the Englishman. That was business, but when she took me into her bed...that was something else.

January 13, 2010

When in Rome...

I woke with the most divine view of the world this morning. 

Buongiorno, Roma!

A week ago, I stood in the catacombs to avoid lunch with my mother. It was the best decision I've ever made. I never expected to find freedom in this underground boneyard amongst the ghosts. That's when I saw her. She was beautiful, but she was so much more than that. She was magnificent. I wanted to take her picture, but all I could do was stand there, gawking like a schoolgirl, as she traced the empty eye sockets of a skull in the wall of the catacombs. She must have felt my heavy gaze because she turned to me and spoke just above a whisper, "This is what we become."

Like an idiot, I just stood there and nodded. She smiled and extended her hand to introduce herself. Here name was Sara and every part of me was pleased to make her acquaintance. She asked me to have a cup of coffee with her and I couldn't resist. She told me of her travels. She is a lovely French woman who walks the world like a gypsy. She's been everywhere, even my home town. She calls me a cowgirl and tells me that the only person I can please is myself then she jokes, "unless that person is in your bed, of course." I have not been in her bed, but the thought kind of crossed my mind.

As our cups empty, I ask her if she plans to stay in Paris long. She said that she was actually on her way out. My disappointment was obvious and she tells me to meet her at the train station in two hours…I knew right away that I wouldn't be just seeing her off. I hoped that was the case. She tells me to grab only what I need and I asked her where we were going. She just said, "Away." 

Can you believe this stuff is in the middle of the city??

And now we are in Rome, doing as the Romans do. The city is beautiful and wondrous to me, but Sara's been here before. She took me around to the touristy places then she showed me the Rome that she knows. I write to you now from an internet cafe. I managed to hijack this computer to let you all know that I'm okay. I'm more okay than I've been in a very long time. No more time to chat, guys...we're off to squeeze down tiny streets to find our accommodations for the evening.

Ciao... xo

January 04, 2010

Walking With the Ghosts

Waking up in Paris should be dreamy and romantic. What girl doesn't want to wake up here? Not this one. It's not any better than sitting in my apartment back home. I though it would be different here, but it's the same. Christmas was uneventful, as usual. John Michael said that he would come out, but he was a no show. I was excited for about ten seconds, but I knew that he wasn't coming. I wish he would have. I really miss him. New Year's was fun, though. I dropped by my parents' for dinner then ended up partying with tourists under the Eiffel Tower. 

"I hope you find what you're looking for."  That was the last thing my brother said to me when he dropped me off at the airport for my trip.  I suddenly hoped the same thing, but how do I find what I'm looking for if I don't know what it is?

Sometimes, I just drift through the streets of Paris like a ghost. I want to be inspired and to find that thing that Jon Michael hoped for me, but it's just not here. I like going down to the catacombs beneath the streets. It's peaceful there, me and the other ghosts. When I first came to Paris a couple of weeks ago, my mother took me around to the touristy places and we ended up there. She rattled on about the history, but I was mesmerized by the thousands of skulls that stared back at me. I didn't hear a word of what she was saying, all I could do was wonder who loved these lost souls. Sometimes I feel like I can't breathe, but then I think of this place and I wonder, who could love this lost soul?

I was supposed to meet my mother for lunch today, but I think I will walk with the ghosts of the catacombs instead.

Walking With the Ghosts: these lost souls

December 15, 2009

bon appétit!

Visited my parents today.  Eating lunch with mom and dad was a flashback to childhood.      

bon appétit: lunch with the rents

Mom sipped her “ice” tea and Dad went on and on about how things are so much different than they were then.  I listened to them, sure.  But it has been a long time since we last sat at a table together.  So I drifted....  I remembered playing with my dolls and building towns in the dirt outside.  I remembered decorating the grove of trees with mardi gras beads and claiming it as my own as they worked around the house.  Mom always put a jar of sun tea out on Sundays when it was sunny.  Dad worked on the backyard garden and his boat/canoe.  Hmmm, those were some easy like Sunday mornings.