I’ve been pretty silent lately. But I promise. It was a good reason.
I moved. To South Korea. To teach English. To Korean children. Who don’t know English.
But it wasn’t rash. It was a planned venture, a job that I wanted, applied for, pursed. Then I got here and just kept wondering, “What have I done? What exactly have I done?” I walked around in a daze. Granted, I can contribute the majority of that to jet-lag, but the whole decision felt so wrong. Why in the name of ANYTHING would I leave the people I love to come to a rough job to be around people I don’t love.
Ah, the word that keeps ringing in my head. I forgot that adventure costs something. Comfort, protection, freedom, pleasure, SOMETHING.
Adventure must cost you something.
But the payoff is huge. It means you’re living a better story. And great stories are difficult 3/4ths of the time. I was eating with my co-teacher a few days ago and she told me, in broken English, “This year is once. You must live it.”
Truth. Complete truth.
So I’ll be here, living my year. Living.
I was raised on the classics. Fred and Ginger. Gene Kelly. Bing Crosby.
But I wasn’t until high school that I fell in love with Barbara Streisand. The Mirror Has Two Faces is one of my all time favorite movies.
But recently I’ve become completely engrossed with another one of her classics, possibly one of her greatest films: Funny Girl. If you haven’t seen it, do.
There isn’t anything quite as wonderful as the quick witted Fanny, when she spouts out lines like: “You plannin’ to make advances?”
And just once, you need to hear her belt out “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”
I did it.
I broke down and finally bought something I’d been wanting for years.
Ray Ban Wayfarers.
Now I’m normally not a person who typically loves name brands. (A ship that sailed shortly after a three year obsession with wearing nothing but Roxy)
I like what I like.
But, I had some extra money I wasn’t expecting and felt like it was the perfect time to buy something I never would otherwise.
And sometimes its nice to treat yourself.
A lot of miles separate my sister and I. In the future, it could be many more.
It was only appropriate then, that for graduation she gave me this book:
The book vividly captures the photos of these two women, who I blogged about ages ago.
But this post isn’t about these two remarkable women and their friendship, it’s about Tabitha, my sister, and how she is one of the most thoughtful people I know.
I miss you!
“I don’t suppose I really know you very well – but I know you smell like the delicious damp grass that grows near old walls and that your hands are beautiful opening out of your sleeves and that the back of your head is a mossy sheltered cave when there is trouble in the wind and that my cheek just fits the depression in your shoulder.”
Zelda Fitzgerald in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, November 1931
My favorite clothing item this spring?
Feminine Shorts. Very Emma Pillsbury.
Also, I just changed my igoogle account and I love the new template. Simple things like this really make my day.
Here are a few things that made me smile while internet perusing:
Hoorah for ALMOST being done with my final semester!