Independence Day, or The Longest Trip Yet
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
10Trip End Aug 02, 2008
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I am feeling lonely, depressed even. Finally this morning I made contact with an old high school acquaintance, who became a friend when I lived here and found her again seven years after graduation. We'd pinned some hopes on her family, I'll admit. Our compost is piling up and we refuse to put it in the trash; no doubt, we thought, Claire and Jim would have a compost pile
It took nearly a week of calling to have a conversation. I left a message and then tried calling a few times a day, finally deciding they must be on vacation. Then we ran into them at the water park, but Claire couldn't talk; she was with friends. I watched her family surreptitiously as they splashed and little E. changed clothes in her lounge chair. It was strange to know and not know them. It was strange to be in this city long enough that I felt I should know them. Last time they were in Alaska when we visited; the time before we had a nice dinner the night before our plane left town.
So - we talked. Yes, they have compost, and weren't too weirded out by our offer to present their pile and their chickens with a house gift of eggshells and melon rinds
And so I spent my Independence Day independent of them, and of Joe, who organized a 5-person ski trip today on Lolo Peak. I spent it independent of my car, taking the kids all the way out to Fort Missoula, beyond even the strip-mall barrier of Reserve Street, six miles from our little Lower Rattlesnake house. And independent of the borrowed stroller, though it meant Ren spent several hours clinging to my back and never did get a decent nap. I spent it independent of the many scattered picnics we saw in Bonner Park as the kids played in the sprinkler. My July Fourths have for many years been a time for travel, since our big family reunion happens July third each year. But at least there is that party, festive and inclusive. Today all I wanted was to be part of something, and I never felt like I got it.