hold onto that mattress
do you have that one person that you end up doing silly adventures with? i’m not talking about exhilarating sky-diving or bungee jumping tales, i am talking about moments that conjure up their own unique blend of ridiculous.
how about driving with a mattress barely tied on the roof –thinking that your hands holding it will prevent a disaster? or buying an armchair on sale that sadly doesn’t fit through the front door? but the two of you are absolutely convinced it can, and will, fit through the living room window. i am sure you have that person…the one you sweat it out with in the only cab in the city, with non-existent air-conditioning–on the way to a September wedding. so you hike your skirt so high it is indecent! they are your partner in crime, the only one you can call when you need to do something that is just weird? your go to gal who safely sprays SPF 50 whilst you are standing naked in the tub, ensuring you avoid sun damage, but unknowingly creating a deadly slip and slide in your bathroom. they are not necessarily crazy just very convincing…they are the one that guarantees painting doors and mouldings can be achieved in only a few hours, over a few nights with bottle of wine…and it will be fun…
i have that person. our latest, and relatively tame adventure, played itself out in the mini-storage unit yesterday. the space that has her life contained in a 10 x 10 foot space perfectly placed and packed. as with most of our adventures in silliness there is usually a want not a desperate need that propels us on these missions. yesterday, the hunt was on for 3 throw cushions. every box was stacked neatly along the left side of the unit, labeled and all but two were easily accessible. the very bottom left hand corner had a few boxes that were a bit tricky to get to as parts of the bed literally ‘boxed’ them in. we started the search, shifting boxes up and over like a rubics cube dismissing each–kitchen, fragile, bedding, kitchen, quilt…etc. as our prospects grew slimmer and the box tower shifted we agreed the cushions and fates must be laughing at us. no doubt they had to be stored in the furthest, deepest, and clearly most unaccessible corner. and so, with a box corner digging into my ribs and a very precarious lean, i carefully sliced the packing tape open and felt the softness of a pillow. emerging like a phoenix from the ashes i pulled the first two out and reached for the third only to feel the cold edge of the cardboard. what? i looked at her and started to laugh…really…you’ve got to be kidding me. and then, all of the crazy moments collided in my head and i realized these would soon be too far and few between.
that person. my person, is my sister–she is so many things, but most definitely the person i have the strangest adventures with. after 18 years or forced cohabitation, and the next 18 years of living only kilometres away, she is going far, far away. from the west coast to the east coast, and further still, from Canada to the US. 5117 kms to be exact–49 hours of non-stop driving.
we will talk everyday, probably countless times but it will be unchartered waters for us. i am really not sure how i will fair? i’ll keep the crazy adventures in my heart and with our history new ones are sure to unfold. but how do you hold on to your sister and your best friend, and let them go at the same time.?
after a bucketful of tears…and a few days i’ll let you know…..
About ithinkinwordsi love common sense and innovation. the trails, mountains and oceans are magic. i run a little, have recently taken up mountain biking and find bliss in yoga. getting outside everyday and moving is a must! sometimes when i am driving i look into the rearview and think how did i get here? -- last time i looked i was 17 and crossing my fingers my VW had enough gas. well it got me here.
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