Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rolling, rolling, rolling across America

When I put out my call for candy Eden wrote and said she didn't want candy, but a tourist thing with the word KANSAS on it. So as we were tooling across Kansas I kept my eyes open for appropriate kitsch.

I love Eden. I love the way she writes. There are no filters with her. She is the very definition of honesty. I don't know if you read Edenland, but if you do you know she's been going through a tough stretch. Life can be ridiculous and tragic and utterly beautiful and you never know on any given day which it's going to turn out to be. You just have to roll with it, whether you want to or not.

So I was looking but not finding anything that wasn't entirely stupid and I was starting to fret because I was running out of Kansas.  But lo, just a handful of miles from the border I spot this:

Dorothy's house

Jackpot. Giftshop next door. Kitsch sussed.

Yesterday I drove for 16 hours. I'm not even kidding. We left late because my daughter was taking part in a school opera performance and cried when she found out she was going to miss it. So instead, I decided to leave late and drive through the night so she could perform. I'm accepting nominations for Mother of the Year.

We drove through 5 states in one day. We saw a lot of this:

I loved it. The wide open spaces relax me and make me feel happy and alive and just... happy. It was brilliant.

Something about wanderlust.

Life can be totally ridiculous and hit us like a freight train. It can bring us to our knees. But sometimes, it can be so fucking awesome it can bring us to our knees.

I'm sitting in an airline terminal waiting to board a flight to LA, where I'll board another flight to Sydney. And Eden, remember. Whatever life throws at you, you'll always beat it. You know how I know that?

You have a lot of heart

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  1. Oh, I have tears. Such a beautiful post, it's bursting at the seams with life. xxxxxx You're gorgeous. And Eden is phenomenal too.

  2. How wonderful for you! Love that you are finally on your way!

  3. :D I will follow your journey and I'm always thinking of mine a little bit..
    I think although it was probably really tiring, the long drive through your country would have been a valuable part of the trip?
    glad you're safely at the airport tho :)

  4. High five for your mothering efforts {I'm impressed!} and for being a good friend too.

    Enjoy Australia. x

  5. 5 states? You are going to be exhausted once you're here!

  6. Have a safe trip, you deserve to be spoilt out of your socks......... or bra??

  7. The wine of life from which you are currently supping sounds like it is a classic vintage - drain every drop and enjoy it.

  8. Just so you know, I've been to Emerald in Oz and the Wizards not there. They lied.

    5 states is pretty good for 16 hrs. 16hrs here will only get me to the next state!

  9. Oh WANDERLUST!!! I crept in to bed, started to read blogs ... came to yours, saw the Harbour Bridge in your header and started crying. Because you are undertaking an Important Journey. Then kept scooping the nutella in my mouth with a spoon, and read the rest of your post.

    Bawling and sobbing, I had to put down my spoon. And the nutella went all dry and cakey around my mouth as I cried for me and I cried for you and I cried for the recognition of me in you, you in me, and Kansas and Australia and Heart and Home all wrapped in to itself.

    I keep wondering what it's going to be like, when you're here - up here with me after the conference.

    It's going to be fucking FABULOUS. See you on the other side.


  10. You are a great mother. I think you got a few extra points for leaving later so your daughter could attend the school performance.

    I've been to Dorothy's Home in Kansas just this past fall. What a coincidence.


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