I’m not sure where my heart is at the moment. I feel hollow and empty and uncaring. I know my last post made it seem like I was struggling with the whole “fuck Army” thing, but I’m not. It makes me feel pretty bitchy and heartless to not even dwell on him once I’ve formally decided we’re through.
I really haven’t been able to find it within myself to really care a lot about life on any sort of deeper level in a long time.
I think I may have left my heart somewhere.
My theory is either Chicago or Kentucky.
Chicago is my home town, where the majority of my family is, where I spent all my summers and holidays up until two years ago.
I love this place more than I think most of me realizes.
I miss the museums, I miss the stores, I miss the plays, I miss the food, I miss the people. I even miss the train a little bit.
I lean my forehead against the cool window and watch the lights of buildings flash past in the night. It’s late- one of the last trains back to my grandparents’ house. The day was long but enjoyable. Germany sits in the seat across from me. The cramped nature of the train has our knees brushing, but we’ve been friends long enough that it doesn’t faze us. She grins at me. She isn’t normally so into exploring a city at random, but we managed to find a bit of everything that we’d both enjoy. Tomorrow we plan on going to Six Flags, where she will be the first person to get me to ride a roller coaster and enjoy it. I know I am always safe with Germany. And happy. She makes my heart full. We make a pact to be friends forever.
I never thought distance would feel so far.
Kentucky is the complete opposite. I have no family down their.
Except Katherine’s. Her whole family is from Kentucky. They became my family for 5 years when we would drive down their at least once a month, if not every other weekend.
There’s no culture really, no shopping (Wal-mart doesn’t count), no trains (for people), no plays.
But the food is homemade, mostly from scratch, and amazing. It’s where I had my first illicit taste of alcohol.
It’s where I learned to just hear nature breath.
I got to wake up and walk outside to this every single day I was down there.
Everyone was so sweet to me, despite me being a “Yankee”. It was supposed to become my second home.
She tried to get me to drive the four wheeler, but since I’d never even tried a car, I refused in terror. I watched her zip across the backyard towards the rising hills that made up a good portion of her grandparents’ land. Her grandpa laughed next to me.
“It’s not that dangerous. Just looks that way. She isn’t actually going that much faster than a car on a road.”
Katherine zips back around and pauses next to me. She gives me an enticing smile.
“Come on. Get on. You can trust me.” I hesitate a moment, but then my eyes meet her’s and she’s right. I do trust her. With anything. With everything.
There is nothing like whipping up and down the hills of Kentucky, wind swirling, dodging branches, and arms wrapped around the person you love.
Maybe my heart is just dust.
Maybe it’s better that way.