Sunday, July 12, 2009

So there we were, standing in a cemetary...

If you're just tuning in, you may want to go back to yesterday's post to catch up. If you were here yesterday and came back for the conclusion, I thank you!

So after we got our directions from Heather, here's who we found:

Claudia found Sarah J. McCawley. She was 59 at the time of her death. Katie found Callie E. Cox. She was only 39 at the time of her death. That's my age. And I found Flora D. Cook. She was only 2 when she died. They all lived and died in the 1800's.

Is it serendipitous that we all landed where the tombstone in reach was marking the lives of women? Is it serendipitous that their ages at the time of death add up to 100 years? Who were these girls? Were they smart and beautiful, short or tall? Were they loved? Did they live a hard life? Were they happy? Were they creative?

Even though we have no idea who the Cox's were or who these ladies were, it felt magical to be there. It felt good to be there to honor those who came before us. Look ahead 200 years. Will our great, great, great grandchildren be walking around our tombstones wondering who we were and will they feel good to be there? Will they wonder if we lived our dash?

That's where Chaotic's Highlowaha suggestion of stopping 2 hours and 18 minutes into our trip led us and we're here to say live your dash. We're sure Sarah, Callie and even young little Flora lived there's.

All of that and we still haven't met Chaotic!

We made it to Austin with no problems. Delilah - Claudia's rusty trusty GPS- showed us the way. We met Chaotic and Karen for lunch at Guerrero's. We spotted Chaotic because she was wearing her Hemingray shirt and of course she was the only one taking a picture of us taking a picture of her!
We learned a lot of stuff about the ladies over our lunch. We learned a lot about snakes and their love of animals. Claudia and Chaotic shared war stories over teenagers. I took notes. Claudia wrote down lots of creative ideas that we hope to share with you in the future. We were even serenaded with the song Nicolado by the local mariachi.

After lunch we walked down Congress Ave to a place Claudia has taken us before. Virtually that is. Last year she wrote about Hey Cupcake and we found ourselves in line for the dreamy little bit of sugar goodness. It was SO good! Yum.

Then we walked back and the three of us started our journey home. Our very long, traffic filled journey home. There were a lot of deep breathes taken and a lot of searching for happy thoughts as Katie inched our way back up I-35. But hey- Life is a journey NOT a destination. And overall, our day was one full cup of fun!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us and for letting us share our journey with you! Happy Sunday to all. And those Hey Cupcakes were so dreamy and light, I was about to take off just like Mary Poppins!

Signing off until tomorrow...

10 comments:

cassie p said...

awwww you guys are so cute! :-)

Happy Sunday!

Chaotic said...

yes, we are, aren't we!! We had a great time... stay tuned, maybe I'll get to see y'all again in March of 2010 for Michelle Zindorf's workshop!

heather said...

Chaotic,
We are counting on it...I NEED to meet you too!!!

Peggy said...

...with a dry breeze lightly blowing and behind one of the moss encrusted tombstones beneath the tall grass, lay a tiny green glass bottle caked in mud. As we got closer, we could see what looked like a piece of paper inside the bottle.

That's what I wanted to hear you guys say!!!!

but I like your outcome.... an adventure!!!

Loved the touch of pink on the last picture!!

Chaotic...Zindorf... OMG! the class is wonderful. Say 'hi' to Mickey for me!!!

Cheryl said...

Home again, home again! AWWW... feels good. I just spent the weekend in Wimberley at my family reunion. Thank goodness the traffic was not as bad today as it was last Sunday and guess what!!! I'm going to do it again NEXT Sunday!! I must be insane.

I think I'm caught up on all the posts... even mine. :) I don't have any new summer reads for you.

I'm too pooped to comment further. I will see y'all in the morning!

Kat said...

Wow! It looks like you guys had so much fun! I wear my "Hey Cupcake" t-shirt all the time and wish that I could actually go there and taste one. Maybe someday...

Katie K said...

Hello all! It was so fun to re-live our Austin experience through your posts, Cheryl!

I'm glad that you all enjoyed it too, as you were ALL there with us in spirit.

Have a great last few hours of weekend, HLA!

Chaotic said...

Kat, where are you located?

Robin said...

Great adventure and I love that last photo...

Claudia said...

Chaotic... Kat is in Arkansas