It was all very perfect.
I don’t say that often, but sometimes life hits you just right, and you live in it.
Up and down, through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fog, cutting through trees. It reminded me of how I pour icing on cinnamon rolls. Filling all the cracks, making things a little hazy, but all quiet.
I needed to see that horizon again.
Being on the road allows me to stare into them, push into them, dream into them.
I got to visit my dad, and I watched his garden grow.
I sat next to a girl who was very adamant letting everyone at the table know that she was the Chubacabra on NBC’s Grimm. We all drink some gin drinks and called it a night.
I cooked dinner for my dad and his wife. I petted their big dog Angus who has big sweet eyes and thinks he’s a human, sometimes.
I drove further up north and met some more friends and got some hugs from quite possibly the most beautiful little one. I cooked dinner there too and drink too much wine and talked about God and divorce and food.
All of which seem to be cut from the same fabric of our desire to learn about each other.
I felt sad, a bit.
Like, really felt it. Like the way you feel when something sets in and there’s no way to stop it. You let it cut through you, like Appalachian fog.
I felt love though, too. Loads of it, in different forms. Through food and hugs and proximity.
I stared endlessly into those horizons, where I knew the curve of the Earth would never let it stop. So I kept driving. By rivers and more little mountains. I smelled the cool damp rock smell. It reminded me of the wild Oregon — the one I was haunted by. But not so much scared as unsure as to what it was all about.
There is still plenty of beauty here.
That’s what I came to realize.
I opened my heart and a lot of things got out and a lot of things got in.
That’s the way I like it.
Because I also learned I’ve gotta lot left to learn about myself and how I treat people.
About my intentions — my humanness — my icky insides that make me wanna hide, at times, from the messes I’ve made.
I remember my sister-in-law Leah used to say, “It was just your turn to spill…” when someone knocked over a glass.
And maybe, that’s what it feels like. A knocked over glass. A little ashamed of being clumsy with something. And a million times I think I could have moved another way. But I sit and think that we all spill over.
The road took me back to Mississippi.
Where it is warm and not as pretty as them foothills.
But it is where I am, and how I felt myself looking forward to settling back down there.
Road weary. Thankful. Ready to stretch. Ready to move, again.
I guess home has a way of doing that.