Sunday, September 09, 2007

Blues Traveler

"Travel pushes my boundaries. When you travel, you become invisible, if you want. I do want. I like to be the observer. What makes people who they are? Could I feel at home here? No one expects you to have the stack of papers back by Tuesday, or to check messages, or to fertilize the geraniums... Travel releases spontaneity. You become a godlike creature full of choice, free to visit the stately pleasure domes, make love in the morning, sketch a bell tower. You open, as in childhood, and-- for a time-- receive this world... Free to go, free to return home, bringing memories to lay on the hearth." -Frances Mayes

Travel is best done with your partner, if you have one. Otherwise there is likely to be terrible loneliness, on one part or the other, or both. Plus, your obscure and foreign memories may not find space among the ever-increasing collection of local domestic objects on the hearth when you return home.

On the other hand, if you have no partner, there may not be much of a hearth to lay things on at all, nor much reason to return home, or even certainty about where "home" is. In that case you might as well consider making travel a way of life, rather than just a vacation pursuit. But the "make love in the morning" part will be more challenging.

3 Comments:

Blogger GirlTuesday said...

welcome home, friend. glad you're home safe & sound. we need to trade travel stories.

gt.

9/9/07, 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Johanna said...

The invisible part, I don't necessarily agree with. I'd argue that at no time are you more visible than when your skin colour makes the obvious centre of attention...

9/10/07, 8:39 AM  
Blogger jcat said...

Ok, so get to it. Where exactly have you been...tell all!

9/11/07, 2:31 PM  

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