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Kiwi Crocus
21 April 2008 @ 12:02 am
I didn't update on the 17th. I sent Mrs. Cav a text in the morning wishing her love and luck, and sweet dreams of skipping and songs. The day was pretty normal. I got the text she had sent me during study in Interiorscapes. I know she stinks at texting and doesn't normally text at all, so I wasn't offended or saddened when all I got in return was, "fine groggy". If she managed to get that out when she was indeed feeling groggy, and she normally doesn't text message at all, I was elated. I replied that my heart was singing with relief.

The day before she decided to help Quinny out with the morning Spanish routine, so she was in the classroom even though normally she wouldn't be. I looked up and caught her attention. "Mrs. Cav?" I called quietly, surprised I had used her nickname. She looked up and smiled some, but I could tell that there was a lot of sadness and apprehension in her smile. "Yes?" I tried to smile back as I lightly questioned her, "Do you know what else the 17th is?" I had mentioned it was near the anniversary of my third and hardest surgery, as well as the date I had truly found out that it had failed. She shook her head. "No, what?" I tried to smile once more and I think it was a little reassuring. "It's the four year anniversary of the day I fractured my hip," I told her softly. Her eyes widened and she flopped back in her chair with a surprising amount of grace. "Now that is too strange," she informed me. The Kindred Spirit stuff gets to her sometimes. Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman (best friends) used to call it Stardust, when things were peculiar and almost fated like that--as if things were put together in life a certain way as far as thoughts or events go.

So Mrs. Cavanagh knew I would be thinking about her all day as I thought about myself and my journey. They have become connected, given how much she has been there for me through the last two years even if she did end it in some degree prematurely. I was certainly sending her white light.

When I went to Organismal Biology at night I blanked out for minutes at a time, just staring ahead of me and locked up in memories. It's only on days like those that I get the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or whatever symptoms. Well, I do to lesser degrees on other days with symptoms... But I just let myself be and cycle through the memories. It was hard to see myself in such pain again and relive it. I always allow my mind to do so when it needs, though. It somehow seems beneficial in the end, as if my mind is playing through a movie that it finds terribly difficult to get through but that always has a story and effect in the end. I suppose it would be parallel to my watching Harold and Maude whenever I do. It's so difficult to get through the movie and watch Maude die (especially as I've seen it so many times and it can no longer surprise me), but I always receive that excellent message in the end and it makes me feel alive right after I've finished crying and laughing at the same moment.

I took on different roles in the memories. Sometimes I was in the Kiwi body, viewing the various hospital rooms and physical therapy and home settings. Other times, I was this Supportive and Strong Almost Adult Figure. Still Kiwi, but different. I was lending aid and supporting her invisibly. Other times, I was just myself implanted in the memories with her.

One that sticks out is in Children's Hospital after the first surgery when they fixed me up. I pretended at that time that I wasn't scared at all. I had been in Children's Hospital dozens of times for bone X-rays and scans and long IVs and testing and appointments. But I had never spent the night--I didn't understand what it was like to spend the night in a hospital. I didn't understand that one real time minute in the outside world can feel like an hour or half a day in a hospital, and that time almost seems to go on infinitely in a most torturous way.

So I walked to her and kneeled by her bed. (I will consider her "her," because even if then I was her, in this new memory I was not.) I could tell that she was watching the television, even though it was merely fizz. It was symbolic. I put my fingers delicately on the back of her hand and she turned to look at me, her tangled surgery hair falling over one shoulder and her forest hazel eyes so defeated by a surgeon's fire and saw. She tilted her head some and I could see the glimmer of tears in her eyes by the flickering light of the maladjusted television.

I lifted myself up straight and hugged her for all I was worth, crying along with her. We were both sobbing. I told her I understood, I understood how horrible it is to stay the night. To watch what your new situation does to your mother. To watch the household respond to such an injury. To look out over one's new future life-road and be frightened by this new uncertainty that changes everything, including the Self. I kissed her forehead and held her and told her I Understood. I didn't tell her things would be immediately Alright, or that things would Get Better right away. I didn't send her any images, but I could feel her searching my mind and heart.

When she didn't recoil and only drew closer, I let out a sigh of relief and realized once again that she (and I) could do it. I kissed her cheek and she turned back to the television. I felt her squeeze my hand before the memory went back to normal and I was absorbed back into her again, back to the Kiwi inside her--but somehow not different from the way I am today.

I guess I'm the sort of person to believe that we have all our ages inside us. That by being 18, I am simultaneously 17-0, but also older. That though my idea and picture of my younger ages are more cemented, my older selves are present also. They show their presence from time to time and sometimes I catch glimpses of the way their faces might be, but that is all capable of change due just to my choices as I go through life. It's a beautiful feeling to me.

The Continuum of Kiwi. Yeah, I like that.

RIP Kiwi's Hip
You served me so well for 15 years.
I hope you have been resting well for these 4.

I love you and always will. Thank you for the way you have changed me for the better. I hope you're proud of what you have helped to form. You have sculpted me as a master would clay. I hope that now, as a creation, I might care for you in turn. I will keep you and the memories of you safe. I will cherish your legacy.

Go now in peace. Blessed be.



(I apologize for the way that this entry jumps from time to time. That is how time works in my mind. I hope you won't have too much trouble working things out. Smile.)
 
 
Kiwi Crocus
21 April 2008 @ 12:26 pm
It is not cool waking up more tired than one was when she went to sleep.

It is not cool waking up to more ruined underwear, stupid monthlies (and I hate that my cycle is 5 weeks. So hard to predict).

But I'm doing fine, I'm doing alright. =).

Yay short entries!

(I'm going to try to use and abuse my eljay, after the times so far that I've neglected her. -Strokes.-)
 
 
 
Kiwi Crocus
21 April 2008 @ 02:17 pm
I have been watching Ikki Tousen and such.

I have to go shower so that I can trek over to Abercrombie at the Outlets to purchase the swimming trunks I put on hold yesterday. Which will me "coincidentally" bumping into Snoopy so that she can magically slip a few dollars into my pocket.

Giggle. Hmm. Guess that means I can't wear a skirt. xD.

Anyway. I'm hoping maybe after that I can go swimming. But life is lonely alone sometimes.

But then again, Snoopy doesn't even swim. Who would swim with me? Good gods I miss water. Can't get away with being an Aquarius/Pisces cusp baby and not go swimming as frequently as possible. Sniff.

Hopefully now that I'll have swimming trunks I won't be worried about the rest of my bathing suits. Just wear a girl's bathing suit underneath and the only thing that will show is the top. And my hairy pits. But whateverrrr. =D.

Oh. Apparently Merf has some angora bunnies at her house for the moment. So after I shower and pick up the trunks, I guess I'll head over there and take a look since her Da invited us.

And that is my Monday thus far!
 
 
Kiwi Crocus
21 April 2008 @ 03:27 pm
Work  
I was in the shower and Mum knocked on the door. I had the water off because I turn it off when I'm soaping/shampooing/whatever.

She told me Lisa had called and would love some part time work from me inputting data.

So I may have some work this week! And she knows that I have to make sure I get my research paper done. So hopefully something might work out.

Then I said, "Uhm, Mum, I'm going to wash my hair now."

She laughed and apologized for answering my cell phone. Now I have a mother AND a secretary... xP.

Ah, the pros and cons of living with one's mother.

Now I really am going to head off and get those trunks. Mum is proud of me for finding such a good deal. 50% off! Woohoo!

And no, I don't feel guilty for spamming your friends list. xD. Hopefully you're all like me and LOVE when there are short reasonably funny posts on your flist to comment on. =D.

Offoffoff!
 
 
 
Kiwi Crocus
21 April 2008 @ 11:32 pm
Moon  
I bought the swimming trunks.

I went to Merf's and saw the bunnies.

I came back and vegged.

Emailed back and forth with Shaya. She's so honest about her fears. The way I was with Mrs. Cav... Somehow I think this is a healing experience. Shaya comes to me the way I went to Mrs. Cav, and this time I'm doing all the things that I wished for Mrs. Cav to do but she never did. I love the woman and I know she tried. I know it's hard to be vulnerable and human, especially when one thinks it's inappropriate as a teacher. I understand that. I still think this is healing with Shaya, which is surprising--it's not something I ever shot for or hoped for or imagined. I do see many similarities between the two of us. She's a very mature young woman. In many ways I think I'm more similar to Shaya than Mrs. Cav, if only in her ability to open up with time. Even Mrs. Cav admits that in her 54 years she has not exactly learned to do that, and she got too far with me to even be entirely comfortable. Hmm.

Anyway.

I put on the trunks with my regular two-piece tankini thing and I LOVE it. Also picked up a sweatshirt that Grampa and Memere got for Dweeb that he doesn't like. Blue and soft and warm with a skateboarder on it or something. He told me I looked like a jock so I smiled.

My printer isn't working so I didn't get to print out my paper information and organize and outline it. I'm going to continue thinking about all of it. The more I think about it, the more structured and organized it becomes in my head. It makes the outlining and then writing a breeze. I'm pretty much excited.

Tomorrow we may or may not go to Northampton to pick up the Outback. I hope we can. I have to call Lisa at 10 regardless to say whether I can work for a while or not.

Wednesday I have Spanish at Bridgewater and I think I'll meet Shaya for a bit afterward. She's really excited.

Friday I have Spanish at Bridgewater again and I think I want to see if I can use the pool. Wonder if I can find a swimming cap. Apparently they're required.

I'd feel like Michiru. Giggle. I'd keep picturing Ami and Michiru. (Pardon the Sailor Moon references. We all know I'm a dork. No one's trying to hide it.)

I went out at around 10:15 because I saw the moon. I ran down the road and just stood there in the middle of the street babbling to the moon. I looked around and realized that I felt like part of America. I was berating myself inside for spending so much time watching anime and watching a movie instead of being productive, then I looked around and saw the flickering lights of TVs on in every house. I noticed just how close two of the littler roads of my street are. I felt very boxed and confined. When I started listening to the sounds around me, I felt freed and able to fly. I looked to the moon again and asked for further guidance with my choices and life's path.

People expect great things of me. They tell me as much. I know they tell a lot of other people I see, but it comes out of their lips almost as expected dribble, as if its required of them to say such things. I check their eyes and don't detect the warmth and expectation that would come with the words. When they turn to me and say the same things, their eyes are streaming out these expectations and hopes. They push out ahead of me as bricks to these many different pathways that I might choose.

But which one will I take? Or will I let my own ideas flow out of my eyes and head and dreams to create my own path?

I think that one. But I wonder where it will lead. (Regardless, I know that the moon will be shining above it.)