Hi friends, in case you were wondering if I had dropped off the face of the internet, sorry to report I have not. The man and I have settled into our new place quite comfortably about two weeks ago and immediately after unpacking we took a week long departure for Mexico. Just now have we waved the white flag and submitted to a cable and internet hookup.
Mexico pictures will be uploaded soon, but first I just had to share one of the best moments of my life. I’m not being dramatic. Tim O’Brien, my favorite author of all time, was in Columbus, Georgia the day after we returned from Cancun and we caught wind of this exciting news hours before he was set to give an appearance. So after I enjoyed the most beautiful Chai Tea Latte and took in the downtown scene, I rushed home, put on my lucky blue dress, which apparently needs a shorter slip, and speed walked and jumped up and down while occassionaly squealing in four inch wedges for six blocks. Then, at last, we heard Tim O’Brien give an an incredible lecture on love, war, and life at the Springer Opera House followed by a meet and greet.
Before Alex left for Afghanistan I gave him a new copy of The Things They Carried and inside I wrote him a note telling him how much I loved him and how proud I was to be in love with such a wonderful man and outstanding soldier, much like the novel’s main character, Lt. Jimmy Cross. In addition to the lovey-dovey line or two I also told him that I hoped he would enjoy Mr. O’Brien’s best selling novel as mush as I had time and time again. Thankfully, he loved it. It might have been a deal breaker if he had not. Well anyway, when Tim O’Brien opened Alex’s copy to sign he read my note, which I was slightly embarrassed by initially, but he realized how big of a fan I was and he spoke so warmly and candidly with us; it was wonderful.
I have read several of his books, all of which are so beautifully written, but The Things They Carried is one of those books I turn to constantly. I first read it when I was fourteen years old and afterward I knew I wanted to be a writer. I have read it many times since then and each time, in my new phase of life, it gives me a new set of messages. I think that’s one of the requirements for a book being considered a classic, it can remain relevant and still stir and awaken something within during any point of one’s life.
I don’t know if I could have dreamed of a better way to start off our new adventure in Columbus. I thank Tim O’Brien for raising the bar, yet again. Here’s to new beginnings and getting on the up and up.