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the story of an invisible girl
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renniekins
Homeward Bound
Last night was wonderful. For my final evening in California, I drove Way North and, after a few embarrassing wrong turns (including one drastic wrong turn that gave me a spectacular view as I accidentally crossed the Bay Bridge (whoops)), I found my way to simplykimberly's house. Her little boy was on his bike outside the driveway to greet me, and it was great seeing them both again. Her house was full of cats which were eager to ease my cat-deprivation symptoms.

Her kitchen smelled delicious as I walked in, filled with home-cooking smells. She is a fabulous cook! Everything was delicious, and I highly recommend her creme caramel. I even got to have leftover cheesecake for breakfast this morning...yummy. Dinner was great, especially since the kid and I worked up quite an appetite on the trampoline beforehand. That was pretty cool: I'm not sure how long it's been since I've played on a tramp, but it's been several years I'm sure. I still remembered my basic tricks, doing some handsprings, even landing a few front flips!

We also played with Legos. I built one of the kind with little motors, a drawbridge, and they showed me the programmable robot they are working on. Way nifty. Now I want to program Legos; it looks like fun.

Unfortunately her husband didn't get home 'til late, but it was nice to chat with him too. I don't know him nearly as well as Kim, but I like him too. I also enjoyed watching the three interact as a family. I like how happy and comfortable they each seem. Theirs is nowhere near the "traditional family", but they've each created for themselves a place in it that fits. It kind of reminded me of the movie Lilo and Stitch, where they built their own family out of broken pieces. At the end of the movie, I think it's Stitch who says, "This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good."

This morning I got up dreadfully early to drive back to the airport. In my normal directionless way, I managed to miss the exit for the airport. This time I didn't cross any toll bridges at least, so I was able to right myself fairly easily. Made my flight on time, if a little close, then I was in the air. When we landed in DTW, a guy in front of me helped me pull my bag out of the overhead. As we waited for the line to move, he asked conversationally, "Do you have a connection to catch now?"

We both looked a bit rumpled, dirty, and over-traveled. "No," I told him through a tired smile. "I'm home." It was a good feeling.
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simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: October 18th, 2003 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

we had...

an utterly fabulous time having you over! Thanks for the great company, and someone else to play with my Legos with :)

We didn't even hear you leave, so I wasn't sure you had, but the cheesecake was gone, so then I knew ;)

That's a great pic of us - thanks for sharing! What a goofy haircut that kid has - tomorrow, I shave it off - bwaaa ha ha ha!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 19th, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: we had...

Yay, thank you! I really enjoyed it too. It was a perfect and relaxing way to end my trip.

Glad I succeeded in sneaking out quietly... you needed your sleep, to get ready for last night's sleepover!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 18th, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're back after a week's adventure in the golden west, bee stings and all.
From: noeljb Date: October 18th, 2003 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Theirs is nowhere near the "traditional family", but they've each created for themselves a place in it that fits. It kind of reminded me of the movie Lilo and Stitch, where they built their own family out of broken pieces. At the end of the movie, I think it's Stitch who says, "This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good."

:-) I said nearly the same thing to her, yesterday. The three of them are family. By choice. It is lovely and special, as are they. And I'm looking forward to seeing them all in just a week.

Glad you're home. Sorry that you're staying there. I'll miss you this year.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 19th, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, exactly. A family they built themselves.

Thanks, yeah, I'm bummed I won't be there next week. *sigh* You guys have a good time though!
starmama From: starmama Date: October 18th, 2003 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's Stitch who says, "This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good."

yes...my two sons and i use this line a lot, although i think we're all moving away from seeing our little family as broken :) but lilo & stitch is still griffin's favorite movie, and he frequently watches it twice a day for a week or more.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 19th, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
aw, that's cute. I think it's a great line, and it makes so much sense...it validates the fact that a lot of families today are different from "the norm", whatever that is/was.
starmama From: starmama Date: October 20th, 2003 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
well, that's true. i just don't like it describing my own little family, because i don't think we're broken at all. we're a mama and two boys, and we aren't broken and we don't need fixing and there's no "but" to our being good.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 20th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a perfect little family. *smile*
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 18th, 2003 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
welcome home, chicka (:
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: October 20th, 2003 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)

And now, a song...

Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out
Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about
Well the names have all changed since you've hung around
But those dreams still remain since you settled down
Who'dve thought they'd need ya
Right there when they need ya (?)
Yeah we tease him a lot but we got 'em on the spot, welcome back.
WELCOME BACK! WELCOME BACK! WELCOME BACK!

(Seriously, welcome back. Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!)
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 20th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
YEAH!
safe at home... the best feeling of all... especially more gratifying after a wonderful, exciting and full week of travels!

I could hear the happy yet slightly deflated (in a good way) tone to "NO, I told him through a tired smile. I'm home"...
:-)
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