Friday, June 05, 2009

Fragments :: From the Road

Dashed this down last night when I got in. Wanting to keep these memories here.

Leaving, stalling, hugging, kisses, kiss again. Again

In the car, coffee and food, gas, freeway. CHPs everywhere, pulling people over. On the freeway…modest speeds. Miles start to fly by.

Listening. Not to quiet. Not silent but it is quiet. I can hear the podcasts I downloaded. Hear the women talking about their dreams and their books and their sacrifices. I can hear. Clearly. Dreams, yes. Sacrifices, yes.

Moving through hour after hour of miles, listening. Music, my favorites. Death Cab blaring, making me cry a bit. Loss, just the thought of. It makes me think of loss, only days, not so dramatic, but suddenly I am and I can with no witnesses to the ridiculous tears. Cannot see the freeway, stop crying.

Moving, stopping for moment. Finding the ghetto. A penchant we have always had when traveling. Have not lost that ability.

Moving, smelling salty air, fish redolent. On the bay, skirting the city… “All the way from San Francisco as I chase the end of your road….’cause I still have miles to go.”

Reveling in the quiet-filled car, pulsing with music. Air, whipping through my hair.

Alone for ten hours, the first time in years. No one with me, no one to talk to, no conversation, no interruption. Call home and check in, pee, coffee, back on the road.

Plunged into trees and quiet. Tall tall trees, deep deep shadows. Darkening. Nothing there but me, and music and musing on dreams. Do I have one? Am I living it? When does it come? How will I know, clearly or not?

My first ten hours alone in years. And years and years. Not a bad thing. Not at all.

Arriving, pulling in the quiet street in the quiet rental car. Baby up, not mine, but mine nonetheless. Chubby baby legs, grasping them, holding her, finding her. Meeting her for the first time, it seems. On her turf, No longer alone or quiet but totally the reason I came.

Good night. Good night boys, your mama loves you, so very very much. Even up here from Humboldt County.


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Enjoyed reading your blog today. I am still finding my way around blogland....I always love making new friends..I am posting about Disney so hope you will stop by. Commenting automatically puts you in the drawing for the June giveaway.

Claroux said...

I hope you're having a wonderful time this weekend. I'm sure the alone time will be so good for you. A good time to refocus. I always loved traveling alone and I miss that. I used to disappear up to Maine quite a bit just to be alone. Still fantasize about doing it - although I know I would miss the girls more than life itself. Can't wait to hear about your trip. Have a safe trip home!

Preeti said...

Loved, loved, loved reading your fragments, those snippets said so much about everything. Enjoy your time:)