seriously, no worries. yes, i’m homeless for the moment but there’s just so many blessings to it. for one, i will never always look with compassion at someone who is homeless, without work, fighting addiction or depression, or just generally having a rough life – it’s not that i am but i laughed this morning when i ran into a friend i hadn’t seen anywhere except on facebook this past summer and i said “what have you been up to?” and he said “sleeping in my car a lot.”
laughing, but i could sympathize. i spent two nights this week sleeping in my car. we agreed that state parks are good, but not for a woman by herself and that wal-mart — yes, wal-mart — is the kindest to people who park.
in general, i find it preferable to have a large stuffed animal (or, in this case a giant heart) to rest up against. one can leave it on the passenger seat during the day with a certain insouciance–and your car doesn’t scream “arlynn slept here!” blankets definitely should be folded up and put in the trunk. keeping up appearances is important.
i was surprised this week when i realized what an extraordinary thing karma can be. i sent out a request to facebook friends asking if anybody knew where i could land. i had a lot of offers but nothing quite worked. and my “home” was in the shop–i traveled so much last year visiting facebook friends that my tires were balding and my brakes shot. i felt like my life was completely out of control. it’s never a plummet to the gutter, it’s always a series of bumps.
and i have it easy. two nights last week i slept in my car but two nights i spent at the marriott because i discovered i had so many reward points from traveling last year that it was free. plus i got breakfast!
then i got a call from facebook friend mike castagna. well, i mean, he’s my facebook friend and a friend of longstanding. still, i hadn’t heard from him in a long time.
“if you don’t mind staying with me and matt,” he said, referring to his son who is also oddly enough my facebook friend as well. “we got an extra bed on the porch. it’s screened in, you’ll need some blankets. oh, and in order to get to the bathroom you have to go through matt’s room. he has a snake. stay as long as you want.”
he spoke with such enthusiasm and force that i could only believe that he meant it.
“i’m so grateful,” i said.
“no, i’m the one who’s grateful.”
and he reminded me of a favor i had done for him and his son matt several years ago. i felt the whooosh of karma looping around me.
“no, i’m grateful,” i said to mike.
“no, i’m grateful.”
“no, i’m grateful.”
“just shut up,” mike said and hung up.
even if i’m living out of my car, i like to decorate for halloween!
living with mike and matt and the snake is a temporary solution and tomorrow i drive out to meet with facebook friends indianapolis and beyond.
mr. clark, the mascot of the facebook adventures, is happy on the summer porch and will be happy sitting on the pink heart’s lap when i get back out on the road!
the friend i met this morning who has been driving out to state parks to sleep in his car was in surprisingly good spirits. that’s how you have to be regardless of what life gives you.