Sunday, April 1, 2012

drawing the old-fashioned way





I eschewed the random number generator this time, and fetched my five and nine year old accountants instead. Older girl wrote the names, and then younger girl did the draw, the old-fashioned way. Of all the posts where I've asked people to share their stories, this is my favorite one to date. Your tales of Getting Lost were not only entertaining but insightful. I was so fascinated by the variety of perspectives that I wish I could give spots to all of you, because you each started a conversation that I don't want to stop :(

And here it is -- today is the opening day for 21 Secrets! When Connie asked me to be part of it again, it was right at the beginning of our relocation process, and I immediately thought that the topic Get Lost would be a fun subject to explore -- because I always feel lost (mostly in a good way) when I move. Now that the smoke of relo shellshock has lifted -- and I'm starting to get a grasp on what I'm up for (and against) -- I realize the class is going to be a lifeline for me.

Geographically, I'm living in an explorer's delight. I get lost every day. The landscape is beautiful, the villages are enchanting, the proximity to New York City is intoxicating, and I am wholly comfortable with that kind of disorientation (unless I have to be somewhere on time, and I make the wrong turn, and I make new swear words out of New Jersey's good name.) Mostly, though, I thrive on that kind of exploration. But emotionally, I've landed in an area that is a personality mismatch, and I have to figure out how to make my way while surrounded by a social fabric that does not quite fit me. As my pal Tulpen said (though on a totally different subject matter; I think it was about the smell of low tide), "if you know what I mean, you know what I mean."

Thanks for entering, everyone --and congrats to our winner, Jerden!

8 comments:

Pattyskypants said...

Hurray for Jerden and congratulations to the young accountants, who appear to have done a mighty fine job! And, I know what you mean. xxoo Patty

Bella Sinclair said...

Woohooo, lucky Jerden! Congrats! The workshop is going to be fantastic. Have FUN!

jerden said...

Lucky Jerden indeed!! I couldn't believe it when I opened up my mail and saw that I had won! I honestly NEVER win anything, and now this month it's the second time that I win something on a blog! It must be my lucky time of the year! I'm so looking forward to it. Thanks so much Aimee for giving me this chance, and I'm looking forward to get lost together! xx, Jerden

Marcie said...

I love your upbeat optimistic way in which you view life! Lucky Jerden!

Andria said...

Lucky Jerden!

I enjoyed your link to your friend's blog; she's so funny! Those Ryan Gosling posters are a HOOT!

Colorfuldayz said...

I totally know what you mean about landing in a place that is somewhat of a mismatch ... I have moved my entire life, and some places are just not a great fit. I have no doubt that you will keep yourself busy and having fun while you call it home, however.

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