Say Nice Things About Detroit - Part 8.
Coming home to Connecticut, to my husband and my kids, my friends, even my job — I felt good. Like I’d set out to do something and accomplished it, by golly. And I’d had so much help getting there! I felt tremendous gratitude towards the universe.
Massive thanks go out to:
My husband, a modern-day Gabriel Oak, who puts up with 94.7% of my bullshit (and not just in this story but ALL THE TIME.)
My kids, who are wonderful, and who behave themselves more often than I give them credit for.
My mother-in-law, not only for tolerating this insanity but for actively encouraging and participating in it.
People I’ve never even met, on twitter and tumblr, who cheered me on and rock the fellowship of our shared fandom. And Amy and Vanessa, my Armitage Army companions here in town, who get together with me one evening a month (when all of our kids are abed) for wine and hors d’oeuvres and unashamed fangirling.
The tow-truck driver and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, without whom I’d still be sitting, crying, by the side of the road.
SPIRIT airlines — let’s face it, I fit squarely into their “cheapskate” demographic and I’m proud of the fact.
All of the friendly crew members on the movie set who helped me out, especially Richard’s assistant, Crystal, who really went out of her way to make sure I got to meet him.
Richard himself, for being so sweet and so gracious with his “aw-shucks charm” (the British equivalent is actually “tally-ho charm.” I looked it up!)
The greatest gift of the whole experience, though, has been clarity. I mentioned earlier that I was in a bit of a rut when all this started. Well, once I returned home, the rut was gone. I was completely ready to do things I hadn’t been anywhere near ready to do before. Mundane-seeming things, possibly (taking care of myself, being more present and more generous with my family) …but there you go. Maybe I needed to succeed at doing something totally crazy — a grand, silly, selfish gesture — to remember who I am and remind myself of what’s really important in my life.
In any case, I am happy with the outcome. And to top it all off, my dear friend (and fellow Armitage Army member) Amy wrote an original song about this whole… thing… which she has recorded IN THE KEY OF AWESOME. She insists it’s an early, rough cut and will improve with backing vocals and additional instruments….maybe…. but for now, I can’t think of any better way to complete the story. Enjoy.
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P.S. - Amy! How did you know about the voice in my head??! Call me so we can compare notes. xo
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