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Goin' West

Dev was born in California.  The poor kid was less than three months old when we packed him off to Indiana, and he's never been back.  Heck, I've only been back three times, and one of those was merely an LAX-to-Long Beach Harbor hop.  Neither of the other trips took me to where I'd lived my last decade in California.

So Dev is going to get the old-stomping-grounds tour: where Mom went to high school, where Mom and Dad met and married, where we lived when he was born.  I will leave out the commentary of some places we'll visit (where Mom used to go 120 mph in her Mustang, forex).  On the other hand, I did rent us a Mustang convertible for the week.  Hee.

We're going to spend most of one day hiking in the mountains north of Santa Barbara, another day heading up the coast to Hearst Castle, and some time on a little beach cove I used to frequent when I was pregnant.  We will spend time with Dev's Godmom, the man who performed the marriage ceremony for Ron and I, and a couple other folk we can catch.

It'll be fun, I'm certain, but a little strange, too.  I left behind an entirely different way of life when I moved to Indiana.  Lots of theater, little poetry readings, late nights downtown, and more theater.  Don't get me wrong--I could have continued that life in Bloomington or Indianapolis.  (It may be flyover country, but it isn't empty.)  But none of those things matched up with the sort the stay-home mom I wanted to be.  And in all honesty, had I not become a stay-home mom, I might never have turned to writing as my creative outlet.

I've written here before of how VP--in addition to being an awesome writing week--helped me transition through grief.  It also re-introduced me to my old self, that young woman I left behind in California.  I suspect this trip will bring up similar feelings.

I'm anticipating a little teasing about how I talk now, too.  While watching Firefly, it struck me just how many people I know who talk in the same phrasings as Mal.  Then I realized I use the same phrases m'own self.

So the dogs are already at the kennel (I already miss them), and all that's left is the packing.  Then I'll try to go to bed early, which won't work because I'll be too afraid I'll miss the alarm, and be up by four in the morn to make an early flight.


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Dec. 5th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
This sounds lovely, if potentially intense-- I hope you both have a wonderful time!
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There'll be some parts more intense than others, to be certain, though I have an anchor in Dev's Godmom. She was my acting director for seven years, and my roommate for three of those--as well as a friend.
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Have a safe and happy trip!

Are you spending all your time up north? Or are you venturing down here to soCal, too?
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah--gettogether, if you're south--you guys could come here!
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I am trying-trying-trying to swing an extra day. I have an instructor to cover my karate classes Wednesday night, but am still up in the air about the following Monday. If I can get cover, I'll have all day Sunday. If not, the best I could do is see if y'all could meet somewhere near LAX for dinner Saturday--which would SUCK as far as driving is concerned. But if y'all could, dinner would be my treat.

However, I could plan to be out there again, sans Dev, the first weekend of March. (I have to be on a flight out of LAX on that first Sunday, but could come out a couple days early.) So if this time doesn't work out, we could get together then!
Dec. 5th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
UPDATE! I now have an extra day! How does Sunday afternoon/evening sound? Drop me emails, and we'll figure something out.
Dec. 6th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
Hope you are having a lovely and safe trip. =)
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