Coordinator – “…. and lastly, don’t pick up any dead animals.”
Valancy Jane – “What if we don’t notice they’re dead until after we’ve picked them up?”
Coordinator – *looks at Bethany*
Bethany – *nods, rather seriously*
Coordinator – *blinks and moves on* “We ask that you look out especially for cigarette butts…..”
I’d planned to surprise my grandmother with a visit on Valentines Day. She always liked Valentines Day, always sent me cards as a kid, and gave me the crazy idea that Valentines Day was about lovin’ up on everybody you loved.
My plans of course changed when she had a heart attack and had to be hospitalized. I called a few of my dear friends, Chip and Angelica, and we celebrated in a way that I think will make her proud, laughing over drinks and recounting the various loves we’ve had.
In fact, we had so much fun that they stayed over. And the next morning we couldn’t bear to leave each other just yet, so Valentines Day bled into next-morning-breakfast, then a drive up the coast in Chip’s new Mercedes.
It may not have been a mad love affair, but it was most certainly love.
I’ve never been much of a beach person (hence the pasty white skin) but this one happens to be practically in my backyard, and it would be a crime to waste a place, and weather like this.
As some of you might know, my actual birthday falls on December 23rd, which is a ridiculous time of year to have a birthday. (You heard me, Jesus.) So I’ve done the sensible thing and rescheduled. This year it fell on Sept 25th. What day it falls on is subject entirely to my whim.
As you can see, I picked a good day.
Did you know that last Sat. was National Public Lands Day? And that all the national parks were free? And that there’s a national monument just a couple of miles from my apartment? And that they happened to be having a festival over the weekend?
Totally out of excuses for having never been there.
So Aurora and I went to see the Cabrillo National Monument, the site of the first European landing on the Pacific Coast of what would become the United States.
The light is so very kind.
I can promise you three comforting things. I will always love you. I will always be here if you need me. I will never look younger than you.