Corner View: Imagination

{taken... years ago}

Imagination... right away I think of the song as sung by Harry Connick Jr. because I had that cassette playing throughout the spring of 1991. It was not my favorite rendition but is now the one most associated with being in Austin for the first time and going to school, being on my own. So much was going on at the time, so much felt and so much to see. I had no idea what was coming. How very long ago. I'd walk parts of this city imagining that I was back in Mexico, inspired by a scent coming to me in the breeze. I was reading a lot of Nin at the time and would imagine I was in Paris, inspired by the architecture of an old building. Rimbaud, Kerouac and Sarte filled my book bag.

I wouldn't recognize myself. I straightened my hair every morning, something I'd never do now. I think it's so abusive. I wore it down, another rarity these days, never just down. It was so long, down to the small of my back. It was never that long again. I walked around in short denim cut-offs and brown leather Mary Janes every where without a care in the world. Getting dressed was easy. Paired with the shorts were scooped necked tees, in every color to choose from. There were less than ten vintage dresses, a pair of clogs and a new pair of Doc Martin combat boots in my closet. I didn't own much of anything. The most expensive things I owned were my art supplies, camel hair brushes, a large leather portfolio and pricey paper. So it was quite an expense to belong to the Harry Connick Jr. Fan Club. I was an official and registered member who would mail in my dues to somewhere in Massachusetts... for  a year.

So concerned with my own life, dreams, goals, interests and friends, I never could of imagined then, that within ten years I'd have a computer and a cell phone and that I'd be living a daily life so completely different because of them. And in 2001, I never imagined the guy at my favorite coffee shop, the one who stared and stared at me but never really said a word, would become the love of my life in the spring of 2011. Re-connecting through blogs of all things and if not for that invention... The things we imagine and the things we can't.

Imagination: The Quotations {August's fave rendition}


Blogger ♥ tinyWOOLF ♥ said...

and that summing up does lead my own thoughts back to de beauvoir, as well. seems to me we've been walking existential lanes both our own ways... how je-ne-sais-quoi... ;)))

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  
Blogger Tera said...

We need tea at a table :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  
Blogger :) said...

It's the real power of imagination!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  
Blogger Heather said...

I could see myself in this entry. I, too, would straighten - with an IRON, no less - my long hair at that time. I wore cut-offs everywhere as well, but they were long and then rolled up and usually with a white tee shirt - of which I had a bazillion (give or take a few).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  
Blogger Tera said...

Ha! We were so in style :) now they are back but at an.....ahem, much, much shorter length. I thought mine were Daisy Dukes but uh, not by today's standards :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  
Blogger Bev Gude said...

Love it! Especially the idea of the guy staring at you in your coffee shop. A sweet ending!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  
OpenID dorteinmalaga said...

yeah, it is strange to imagine life without computers and cell phones now :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  

Je ne pense pas que le bonheur se trouve dans la consommation à tout prix, la possession et l’entassage des biens. Je sais que nos politiques actuelles, nous y invitent mais personnellement, j'ai toujours résisté à ces injonction. Cela ne m'empêche pas de vivre normalement et d'un manière qui doit ressembler à la tien
Bien amicalement


Thursday, March 26, 2015  
Blogger Holly said...

Wow so much of your post reflected myself also, those were the days of wonderment ....and then adulthood and family came really fast. I'm on a road to discovery now where my before obligations self left off. I adore your blog, and thanks for the sound bite it was uplifting after a very long day.

Thursday, March 26, 2015  
Blogger likeschocolate said...

Funny! I have never heard this song before. Good one for this weeks theme!

Friday, March 27, 2015  
Blogger Menthe Blanche said...

I like your memories and this song too!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015  
Blogger Francesca said...

i love the last sentence, and the photo.

Monday, March 30, 2015  
Blogger Tera said...

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  

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