Monday, May 17, 2010

introducing my neighbor

Last night was spent at the theater watching Russell Crowe in yet another remake of Robin Hood- an okay film with nothing exceptionally wonderful about it. Saturday was my grad party, with everyone asking me about my plans. Now the balloons in my room have run out of helium, so they sit at their final resting place before being popped and thrown in the trash. A berry-colored one reading 'Congrats Grad!' is all that remains. It bounces back and forth as the fan produces gushes of wind. The curtains are drawn. It's been another morning where my nephew storms in, wakes me up and leaves my door open. Mother is speaking in her deep southern accent, the one that can only be heard when she's talking to family back in Tennessee. My aunt is on the other line, talking about brother. I haven't heard from him in three weeks, but that's always how it is.

It's Monday and I want to create something beautiful. I need to continue job hunting. I need to get serious about raising money for a mission trip to Chile. Does anyone have any advice on how to do such things? How does one raise $1,500 by the first week of June?

I watched a newborn bird on my balcony two days ago. It was standing with its brothers and sisters, until one by one they all flew off, each going separate directions. One remained and was alone for several minutes, looking as if it were afraid to fly off like the others. The tiny bird was just a little slower, that's all. But eventually it walked to the edge, took a leap and soared away. That's where I am right now. Everyone has moved on and received their diplomas. They'll soon be off to working their real jobs, with real salaries. I'm just a little slower to getting there, I think. ★


  1. thank you for visiting my blog!!!

  2. i'm so excited you get to go to chile, how incredible! mmmm, i'll be praying for you and that you raise all the money you need! <3

    i secretly wish i had a cool southern accent (it's not so secret, actually). i can fake it pretty well, and to be honest i pretend to have one all the time... my friends and family find it pretty amusing. ;) i don't think west coasters really have a distinct accent. how boring. haha!

  3. You are an amazing writer.

    And Chile, wow! That sounds like an amazing trip. Hope you have lots of fun.

    Good luck on the job hunting!

  4. so much to think about. it must be a little tense and stress. yikes, I guess a bake sale would not do. all the best on your adventures this summer.

  5. Hay dear blogger!
    How are you? I'm glad that I've visited this blog! She's lovely.

    Please, check mine too & maybe we can follow eachother!
    Love, Cindy.

  6. I love the photos :)
    And making money.... ebay some old stuff? :/

  7. You have your own path to do. Don't think that much about others and concentrate in yoursself, it's the most important time in your life. I've already finished my degree and i'm preparing my PhD and everyone still asking me that question "what are your plans?"'s so complicated, it almost seems it's our fault to the lack of employment, but it's not. Keep doing what your heart tells you to do. I wish i could be more helpfull.. Wish you all the best and Good Luck

  8. That's so exciting you're going to Chile! You could put a paypal button up for donations on your site maybe?

    I wouldn't worry about school. I got started way later than my peers, but I'm glad I waited until I was ready! Plus, a lot of people have degrees now that employers don't want anymore :/

  9. How haven't I heard about this trip to Chile? Do tell, you know you should come stay with me for a while in Ecuador. I could definitely ask the editor if she has that 2-month unpaid travel writing position open (since she offered me the 6-month one) and we could easily work & live together. She has apartments and I already RSVPed for the biggest one and it's only $210 /month...Facebook message me, we should discuss. It would be amazing to be able to share an opportunity like this together.
    <3 Al


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