Monday, October 10, 2011

a snippet

it was insanely spontaneous, completely illogical and a little ridiculous in the best way possible. that two people, two kids, from the countryside, where the soybean leaves are just now beginning to golden and drop, could find ourselves immersed in new england.

the soles of my moccasins are forever stamped with the feel of it all. with the cobblestone roads of philadelphia, the apple orchards where we kissed beneath the red delicious. the neighborhood sidewalk in connecticut where i sat and cried after we saw a dog get hit. the county fair in new hampshire. the rickety old bicycle in martha's vineyard. the dark restaurant in which we found shelter during a downpour on cape cod.

but perhaps this picture embodies it best of all. we were calculated in our planning, exact in our route. it was our intent to bypass manhattan. to cruise right around it and into long island. but our first night, we found ourselves on the new jersey turnpike, thrust suddenly into the lincoln tunnel, then we emerged. straight into time square.

and at ten o'clock on a saturday night, we drove through the city. the one we've only seen once before. dodging cab drivers and semi-trucks, we paused right in the heart of the big apple. we kissed under a red light and suddenly, a saxophonist began playing our song on the sidewalk. the whole thing felt like a dream.

and moment set the stage, and the tone, for the rest of the trip. it was a special, sacred time for us, peppered with little surprises, some upsets, and the little joys that come when you put the travel binder down and just start driving.

and in return, in essence, start living.

29 comments:

mary kate said...

i love that line "the soles of my moccasins are forever stamped with the feel of it all" so so so great! cant wait to hear more about your trip. is it to type A of me to start a travel binder for future trips I plan to take?

Jennifer said...

I think spontaneous trips are the best kind!

Lauren Quinn O'Neill said...

I'm a planner too and have found that those rare occasions when I just let go are the ones when the best memories are made. So happy you two had a fabulous time. Well deserved!

Gentri said...

Wow. It sounds like such a wonderful trip! You would NOT bore us if you posted more. I'd love to hear more! And I probably would have a heart attack if I ever had to drive in manhattan...

Ana Magdalena said...

it sounds live a dreamy moment , can't wait to read more about your trip.

ps: welcome back, we missed you around here.

chambanachik said...

How fun! Sounds like a great adventure.

Amber Blue Bird said...

i am looking forward to reading about all the details. happy to have you back!

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bethani said...

how exciting! love the picture of the city. once of my favorite places ever.

cant wait to hear more about your new england adventures.

Gwen Edwards said...

wow I can't believe your trip has come and gone already. Can't wait to hear all about it!

Amylou said...

what a special moment! Sounds like a dream!

Claire said...

wow. just......wow.

Jennifer Rod said...

oh my dearest courtney, this is so awesome. im glad your trip was great. and im truly glad you are back, safe, sound and happy!

Thisisme. said...

You certainly have such a lovely way with words my friend. Welcome back - we've missed you! Sounds like an awesome trip. Hopefully you'll be telling us a bit more about it in future posts.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I can't wait to hear about the off book part :)

Christi said...

Goosebumps.

Elisabeth said...

the way you paint with words is fantastic - i just found your blog and love it already

Mo Pie, Please said...

Aw! This is so awesome! Love every last bit.

Jacqlyn said...

So dreamy. I was engulfed in your story. It's perfect.

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Emma Frances said...

Your writing is gorgeous! And what an amazing experience! :] {Saw you on Gentri's blog and I'm so excited to read more of yours! :]}

sarah nicole said...

Awww, this is beautiful, Courtney. I am glad you had a great trip.

Last time I was in Manhattan, I was in love as well. : )

xo,

Sarah

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Love, love, love it! can't wait to read more...

Paula said...

"...the little joys that come when you put the travel binder down and just start driving".
Ah, so true. Wonderful stuff along with the rest of this gorgeous post, Courtney. I don't get to visit here nearly as much as I'd like to xxx

Cassie said...

This is awesome. I just love it. The saxaphonist was playing your song on the sidewalk?!! How perfect!

So glad you two had a special time.

xx

Erin said...

What a beautiful night! :)

Cara-Mia said...

Glad you had a safe trip. It sounds so amazing - hope to read more about it.

Emily said...

Girl we were in NYC the exact same time.Such a small world!! Too bad we didn't have a run in with each other! Spontaneous adventures are the best, they keep life exciting.

Suz and Allan said...

Love this post!

Holli said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!

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