MAY 27, 2011

Here I sit at another McDonald’s. If you told me nine months ago that I would spend more time at McDonald’s than any other restaurant, I would have said -No Way! It turns out that it is consistently the only place with public Wi-Fi in this country. I have become so used to writing at McDonald’s that I fear when I return to Boston I will not be able to write anywhere else…accept the van. When I finished building my Tear Drop Trailer, a friend asked me if I was looking for a womb. The spaces I built were getting consistently smaller and rounder. I laughed, but now I wonder. Imagine being born every morning into a whole new environment with all new possibility. It is a metaphorical womb. When my Mom died I was in North Carolina. I parked my van in a friend’s driveway in Ashville and flew to Buffalo. When I returned I just wanted to be in my van. It has become home for me. I left for Wilmington NC when I got back with the intent of camping overnight at a park. I found a place called the Uwharrie National Forest. It was a big green spot on the map, and I envisioned lush forests and quiet meditative hiking. I arrived late at night and found one site open. I parked and fell immediately to sleep happy to be back in my own bed. I woke up at 9:00 and headed for the shower house. As I walked I noticed that each camping site I passed contained a tent and a truck or a jeep with gigantic oversized wheels. It turns out a club called the Carolina Crawlers were at the park for the weekend. When I left the shower house to go back to the van, the air was filled with revving motors and dust. The irony of my choice made me laugh. As I drove out of the forest I saw a sign that said the Uwharrie National Forrest –land of many uses (no kidding). I envision myself returning to Boston.  I get up in the morning, leave my three-bedroom apartment, walk down to the driveway, get in the van, fold down the desk, shut the door and start working.

Golden Arches

About turningaroundamerica

Collaborative Team of Jenn Moller and Beth Ireland
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1 Response to MAY 27, 2011

  1. Don Arthur says:

    Hi Beth,
    Peg Keenan told sent me an email about your turning around america project and so I checked it out. Pretty neat. It looks like you’re having fun. That is great. Good luck to you.


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