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Mum has always given me, great Supplies.

October 18th, 2006 (05:15 pm)
current song: You're My Only Home - The Magnetic Fields

She used her good judgment, me, her first child.
Perhaps was a bit more open with me than she would be with Craig, the second born.
(Was it a mistake to read me the original Grimm's Fairy Tales?)

We traveled, even before we started leaving the country...
Road trips were a happy family pastime.

I had a neat little desk, green bean bag bottom for my lap with a hard top for colouring
and cutting up and pasting things together... In my car seat in the back of the VW Bus.
(Pop was a pilot, we were all ALWAYS strapped in--at a time when someone my age
would not have been in a car seat--I was. And I could get in it on my own, and was
proud to be able to do all the buckles myself. Presentation is everything.)

Orange-Bird. It was, Orange. Our Bus.
(There was a Blue-Bird first, but I cannot really remember that one...)
For a couple of NON-Hippies, we spent a LOT of time in a VW Bus.


I always had plenty to do...
A kit of projects and crayons and games...
When you couldn't just go to Target and buy that sort of thing...Mum made it for me.

And safety scissors........*laughing*
This will always be one of my favourite pictures of myself.

My PASSPORT photo, my very first.

Where we were going, I cannot remember, the story itself is so instilled in my head that
I wonder how much of this I really do remember and how much I have reconstructed in
my own head...

It's a Family Story.

Grown bored of my kit, I took the safety scissors to my hair.
It was dark, it was late at night, we were driving.........Everyone was tired.
I kept complaining that there was: A HAIR IN MY EYE!

Mum leaned back from the front seat, telling me to blink and it would be okay,
I squirmed and protested.

I hacked away at my hair...with plastic safety scissors...

Soon, VERY soon after, this photo was REQUIRED to be taken.
(i really need to ask mom how this all went down, my memories are fuzzy)

She was mortified.
Her little girl........


I love the look on my face.

So certain of my own beauty.
OBLIVIOUS to what had my mum pulling her own hair out.

We didn't leave the States until March of 1980, so I don't know really why this photo
was taken. I was older than this when we left.

But that face, and the hacked up hair....
There, There-in lies the greatest kit of Supplies ever Supplied.

The look on my face.

Sometimes....Sometimes I misplace my kit.
I have to stop squirming to find it again.

It's still there.
Everything I need is there.
I grew up loved and protected and free.

I had a happy childhood.
It sustains me still.

Chop me down, I will grow back.
My roots are healthy and deep.

I have all the supplies I need to make it through this life,
I have enough..........to share.

Thanks Mom.


Posted by: a (ohchicken)
Posted at: October 18th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
daddy's little girl


i, too, am finding my kit, complete with greenhandled lefty scissors.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: October 18th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)

I say it often, I always mean it:


Posted by: deleeseblackmon (deleeseblackmon)
Posted at: October 19th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
good craft kit

darling, i love that story. ben used to drive a vw bus. his was blue. i wonder what ever happened to it. that was a perfect car for him. give him another kiss on the forehead for me.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: October 19th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: good craft kit

After talking with my mom yesterday afternoon, when I was feeling
so under the weather...I couldn't help remembering this story.

Will-Do on the head smoochin'!

Posted by: Public Joy Killing Birthday Gang (bloodlossgirl)
Posted at: October 19th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)

I love that story and that picture. It gives me hope, as I can only imagine it must for you. You're wonderful, G. One of my favorite people.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: October 19th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
1st LJ Pic

And you are one of MY favourite people, Ms H.


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