Monday, June 2, 2014

Some Letters

Scott and I stopped at a skateboarding inspired art show on our way home from dinner the other night. There were lots of letters pinned to the walls. They inspired me to write some myself. Do you still like to write letters? 

"Dear reader,
The breeze has been just the right temperature today. I want it to find me wherever I go, so I've opened all of the windows.
I'm happy to take a moment to lie on the couch and ice my knees because I've been woken-up by the weirdest dreams lately.
One involved swimming with dead fish. Another had me flying up into the night sky on a fan powered motorcycle while wild horses jumped thousands of feet in the air to bite at my ankles. Then the horses turned into constellations.
Most of this is miserable, although there's some joy at the finish because these nightmares leave me washed over with appreciation for my life.
Over the weekend we spent some time with my parents and I apologized to my dad for trying to get out of a taco party he wanted to throw. He didn't seem like it had upset him the way I had convinced myself it would; then he told me to read the book The Old Man and the Sea because it is so descriptive. He thought, as a writer, that I would like it.
Last night I only dreamed I was hanging out with pro-skateboarder Nora Vasconcellos. I think order has been restored. I hope you had a good weekend too.
-Devon"

12 comments:

  1. I love so very much how you have unique things to say. I don't come here feeling like "I've seen that before".

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    1. Thank you Marie! That is good to know and very sweet.

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  2. Oh I do so love letters. I have a box of them at the back of my wardrobe. I would love to have lived in an age where people corresponded every day. I'd have liked to sit at a nice desk, writing all morning. Then walking down to the Post Office after lunch to send them. Such a lovely post Devon, you are constantly making me think about things, thank you. CJ xx

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    1. You are always making me think about things too, Cj!

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  3. I love the idea of writing actual letters. There's just something about getting an actual letter in the mail that has had to travel hundreds of miles to get to you. With all our forms of instant communication now, it's hard to imagine a time when it took weeks or even months for a letter to get across country. People were more patient back then. We went to a pony express museum a few years ago. It was so interesting to see and hear about how hard people worked to make sure correspondence made it west. Your dreams sound interesting, but I'm glad to know you're back at just dreaming about famous people:) I'm a huge Hemingway fan. My favorite book of his is "For Whom the Bell Tolls". His writing is so clear and concise, and he's able to evoke so much emotion with such few words. Let me know how you like Old Man and the Sea if you read it. We read it in high school, but I've been meaning to pick it up again. Hope you're having a great start to your Tuesday:)

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    1. I haven't gotten a real letter in the mail in a while. But I also haven't written any, so I'm guessing that's part of the problem. "People were more patient back then" I totally bet they were. I'm going to have to check out "For Whom the Bell Tolls". I have a feeling I will like it too. Thanks for the recommendation Kari!

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  4. Letters are the best! That letter to your parents is the sweetest thing ever. You should send it. :)

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  5. I love the dream about the horses turning into constellations. They sound so vivid. In order to remember my dreams when I wake up, I have to tell my husband right away. Even if those dreams include going to the Oscars with Jake Gyllenhaal, and then I have to apologize for dream cheating on him. But I would much rather be on a flying motorcyle.

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    1. The Oscars w/ Jake Gyllenhaal vs. a flying motorcycle? I dunno. I will warn you, as a dream, it was entirely freaky! I will tell you though, one time my sister gave her number to Jake Gyllenhaal. He never called though, ha :)

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  6. Dear Devon,
    You are awesome. That is all for now.

    Sincerely,
    Your reader

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    1. Dear Niken,

      Thanks for being so freaking nice. It's fun getting a letter from you all the way from Bali ;)

      Devon

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