It has been a while since I’ve written; stationary life has become mobile. Kate and I packed our bags for at least the summer to see where the road would take us. We have traversed most of Canada and some of the states, stopping for short exciting times with friends. Toronto, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary tommorow and Abbotsford the day after that.
It is amazing how being on the road, for me, opens up the idea that the future is not closed. Driving along highways and dirt roads with various choices along the way make this thought more available to me than when i am functionally stationary. Many of my friends know this about me (as many of you have travelled with me to different destinations). I think about long conversations with Zach to Montana, shirtless in the minnesota heat with matt, packed into andy’s truck with ry, marce, andy, and jesse on our way down the saint lawerence seaway. these are just a few that spring to mind. another good one: late night drive to duluth with ry and jesse, sleeping in the rest area, awake to the sun.
The simplicity of driving is apparent to me now: you are doing one thing. There is not much that others can ask of you in that moment. “no, i cannot clean your house, I am driving.” “no, i cannot play music for this or that.” “no, i cannot go for a pint, i am driving.” It is good to be unavailable, unable to connect, free from wires, only the subject matter at hand to deal with, only the people in that small cab to talk to.
So for now, my mind is in transit, my options are open, my hopes are strangely hungry, and so is my stomach…….which is great because Kate’s dad, Dave, is making Gorrie Pizza, a veritable institution out here on the plains.