So here's the thing, my husband can now just about accept the fact that he has to share me with 'The Saga', but reading the books just is not enough to quench my addiction. I WANT MORE!
During my teens, when my parents liked to random things on a whim; my father suddenly announces, 'we're moving to California.'. GULP...... Did I just hear correctly? Doth mine ears deceive me? No, in fact I did here correctly, and several months after the announcement was made, I found myself boarding a plane at Gatwick airport bound for LAX. And so at a point in my mid-teens, when most kids are 'discovering' who they really are, getting into trouble, and dealing with raging hormones, I found myself in a completely different place. Different people, different culture, no-where to turn. Six months down the line, after creating a very uncomfortable environment for myself by refusing to welcome the situation I found myself in, I finally surrendered myself to the people that were to become my life long friends. I found that the self-pity that I was wallowing in, was never going to give me anything other than a very lonely life. The friends I finally gained, are some of the most special, selfless people I have ever met, and made my final year in the States so unbelieveably wonderful. They helped me discover new and exciting places (Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Tuscon), introduced me to some incredible people and made me eat some really weird food, too! But without them and their caring actions, words and love, that they all showed me, I would not be the person that I have now become. I love them all, so very dearly.
So it's now been almost 18 years since I fianlly left California for good, and to say that I miss the place is a huge understatement. It makes me sad to think that I have not had any sooner opportunity to find my way back to a place that has had such a massive impact on my life; and what I have now become. At the time I was there, I was spoiled and obnoxious and had no idea what an incredible opportunity I had been given by my parents. It is only in recent years I am able to see the true diversity it has coloured my life with. I experienced both good and bad things whilst there, and it enabled me to see the world as it truly is, and not in the sheltered way in which my other life would have taken me. My eyes are now well and truly open, and non-judgmental. My ways are no longer set - Anything is truly possible..............
Now it's time to go back!!!!
October 2010 - That is the date we are heading towards......... The planning of the trip of a lifetime has now commenced; Philadelphia to visit with Gnat-the Brat, New York City for a few pictures, and on to San Diego to re-trace my steps and a little reminiscing! But it doesn't end there.....My Twi-obsessed niece is coming along for the ride, on condition that her and I take a three day break to fly up to Seattle and hire a car. Forks, here we come! On to La Push, followed by a two night stay at The View Poin Inn, Near Portland, where the Prom scene was filmed. We are then taking a TwiTour of all the movie filming locations from the first movie, and we will even get to dine on Bella's mushroom ravioli! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this whole trip!
So, now my time is spent co-ordinating our mammoth fund raising effort to give life to this dream trip - Roll on October 2010!