The city was big and scary and cold so I retreated back towards the people who made me.
Grandpa sang to me, like an angel.
And showed me his and grandma’s medals that they won for their angel voices right after high school. (They met in their church choir ;)
Grandma fed me ice cream
And put me in her mother’s silk wedding dress, bought in the 30’s with a truckload of hogs.
She gave me all her old mennonite recipes like… watermelon pickles….!
She keeps the collage I sent her next to Elvis’ meatloaf recipe.
My cousin and I started Kingsburg’s first bicycle gang on our grandparent’s bikes. We rode together every night :)
Finally, the most handsome man I know came to have an adventure with me.
So we went to museums and expanded our ideas of what is possible on this planet.
And we went to farmers markets and danced to the live music played by a drummer and a pianist, who was playing a real piano!
And spent all our money on amazing food :)
We followed Alex across the city, “It’s only a few blocks” he said often, as he turned toward the steepest hill that made the front of our shins ache as we climbed.
We rented bicycles and rode through the golden gate park, the summer fog, the presidio, the marina.
We found a lonnnnng bridge, so we crossed it!
On the other side, it was warm and sunny.
We ate more amazing food.
Then we took the ferry back to the city.
Not long after that, he left our home and I stayed in the city without him.
Then it was just me and Alex.
We hunted the sun and sang once we caught it.
The universe didn’t waste any time lollygagging; She made my truths perfectly clear to me.
So I hitched a ride back home with my dad who was hauling a load of cantaloupes to San Antonio.
It was sooooo beautiful.
He taught me the rules of the road
Did I mention it was beautiful?
And then it was over; like a long dream, I arrived, I awoke, in the same bed, tangled up with my true love, the same home that is only as wonderful as we make it, the same long drive to the easy job I’ve done a thousand times, but this time with a fresh outlook and a few faint memories of a trip I took to remind me of my blessings.
As always, the universe was right :)