@cherrispryte Oh man, these letters that she's reading. UGH! So good, so moving, so kick-ass.
.....ghost? is that u?
If you want to stay in a treehouse for a few bucks and also see a beautiful Mediterranean beach and some kick-ass Lycian ruins, I highly recommend visiting Olympos, Turkey. From Wikitravel:
"The "town" area is a collection of backpacker guesthouses and hostels, particularly popular are the treehouse style bungalows. Follow the dusty road down past the end of the guesthouses and it leads to an ancient winding path, past the remains of ancient Greek ruins and down to the sparkling water."
It's definitely a boho backpacker scene, but it's pretty chill and wonderful and you can sit and drink Efes beer and play backgammon with lovely Turkish boys. Just go! (Or actually maybe wait until there's not a violent uprising in progress like at the moment...)
On Welcome Home
How it sometimes feels like you're 15 again and sometimes it feels like you're 45 and you should just give up.
Ugh, this is so true. I moved home for a few months after college while looking for a job, and it's really weird and (in retrospect) amusing to watch your parents trying to treat you like a fellow adult one minute and a child the next. Thank you for this beautiful and funny essay!
@ininkplease We also need a tag that says THE TREEHOUSE WAS BUILT TO LAST BUT THE VACATION WAS BUILT TOO SMALL.
@queenofbithynia 26! There were only 26 total men in the whole study. I work in health care communications, and it drives me batty when news orgs pounce on these half-assed studies and write them up like they're Big News, which undermines people's perceptions about the reliability of health news, because in a week they'll be another half-assed study with the exact opposite results.
@Poubelle They'd also "take care" of the ivy outfield walls in short order.
@RubeksCube Your wedding happened shortly after college; it's natural that college friends drift apart as they go their separate ways. I'm not married, but ALL the photos of me with my closest friends from the time involve people who are no longer in my life. Hell, photos from just a few years ago are the same, since I live in a big city and friends move away fairly often. Your wedding was a snapshot of your life at that point. It had weight for you, of course, but it doesn't have the power in and of itself to stop friendships from changing.
@stuffisthings Mummies will never happen! Mummies are just zombies with toilet paper!
@slanket Yes, this. I hate the still-twitching legs more than I hate the intact bug, so I usually let them live.