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🏞 Bougainvillea over the wall
Here's to September!
Dear Reader, hello! I’m excited to share with you a new group of posts on Ten Thousand Journeys. I’m calling it Postcards. It’s the writing that emerges as a way for me to alchemize life’s experiences and journeys. It’s part yearning and part meaning-making, and I hope these short posts add something beautiful to your day.
There is a wall running through one area of my life. I know this now. But for many years, I didn’t know it stood in front of me. Silent. Invisible. Solid. When you don’t know something is in your way, you might stand next to it and share oblivious space like two strangers on the daily train ride into the city.
I’ve tried speaking to it, but it won’t tell me anything, not even to reassure me that it’s there. (I’ve slammed into it a few times, so I know I am not dreaming of walls where there aren’t any.) I don’t know who built it. I don’t know its size. I don’t know who it is keeping in. Or what it’s keeping out.
I’ve taken to sitting by it with my four ‘o’clock cup of tea. I lean back against the wall, I drink some tea (hot chai, spiced with ginger and black pepper, and with a little honey), and I hum a tune. Sometimes, I tell the wall my stories even as I wonder if it knows them already.
This September, something new has arrived.
September is that kind of month1. It bears responsibility. Every year, it cleans up the frolic and abandon of summer and gently reminds the sun of its southern journey. It sends kids back to school. September is disciplined, diligent, and careful. Sometimes, August will tease September not to be so critical. Of self. Of others.
September seems to have taken the advice. September is changeable, and a harbinger of healing and hibernation. (Alliterative ecstasy!)
Yesterday, as I settled myself against the wall and prepared to launch into another retelling of my favorite story, something tickled the top of my head. I looked up, and looking back at me over the invisible wall were a few bougainvillea branches. One of them, the more audacious of the lot, dangled overhead, bright orange-pink flowers ready.
I sat back against the wall, a smile on my face. September has come bearing gifts.
Whatever walls you’re sitting against, I hope you spot the bougainvillea making its way to you.
For all the astrology lovers, here’s to Virgo season.