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.