Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Recharging the Battery

It's been a number of days since my last post because I've been away at my sister's house up north. Good God in Heaven, but it was hot. Four days of 100 plus temperatures with my sister, her two kids and the five kids from the neighbor's coming over every five minutes. It went so fast I can't quite remember everything that happened. However, it was a battery recharging I needed, a chance to get away from my tiny apartment, see my family and immerse myself in the majesty and beauty Northern California has to offer.

I will give you some blurbs: Lots and lots of trees. Most very tall. Ash, oak, fur, apple, neat lines of walnut trees, lacey strings of grapes and snarls and snarls of burdocks. Flat white rocks that ground together like teeth under my car tires. Sweat dripping down the back of my leg, then blood from three mysterious gashes. The feel of Robin's breath on my calf as she bandaged me. Lisa's laughter outside, echoed by everyone within hearing range, because Lisa's laugh is more infectious than swine flu. Cassie's wheat colored hair being slicked and straightened under a brush. Dustin upside down on every piece of furniture. Sunlight slanting through blinds and striping kitties with gold bricks. Cattails itchy against bare legs. Flip-flops smacking against concrete, packed dirt, and slipping on gravel. Meat bees humming over the skirt steak. The dogs hitting the motherlode when the kid's table is abandoned. A pinata filled with toys and hard candy. Three little kids smeared with chocolate icing, followed by three naked little kids smelling of berry soap. Poor Hailey's labored breathing in the night. Birds with magic wings flitting to the feeder. Waking up covered in sweat, so it feels like all your folded places have been oiled. Lifting the blanket to grab cooling waves of air from the fan. My dad up on a ladder and briefly wondering about his mortality. Indestructible moon sand meteors. Smiles, tears, why nots? He saids, you saids, I wannas. I hate yous. You're not my friends. Glad you came. Glad I came. Missed exit. I made it home. I had a great time. Thank you for coming. Thank you for having me. I miss you already. I love you.

9 comments:

  1. Glad that you had a great time with your family and have recharged your batteries. It sounds like you had a lovely time.

    Now, back to work. *snaps whip*

    Diana

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  2. That was a beautiful piece of writing. Glad you got to recharge! Recharging is important for writers.

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  3. Sounds like you (mostly) had fun!

    *Cuddles and kisses*

    Adam

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  4. Indeed. I mostly had fun! Thank you all for stopping by!

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  5. That was beautiful Bettielee!

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  6. Nice! You were probably close to me! I'm from the central valley.

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  7. I am silently judging this blog.

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  8. Didn't you do something with a chicken while you were gone? Didn't see that in the post, LOL!

    Nancy

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  9. Thanks everyone for stopping by! And scarlett... I am silently judging you.

    And nance... let us not think of chickens. There are no chickens in the fairy realm.... unless they are dead and deep fried.

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