Last week was a WEEK and I went to the cabin to regroup for a bit over the weekend. (I reference “the cabin” a lot but if this sounds like Fancy Person Vaguery — Oh, we were at the beach house, dahling *finger trill* — I’ll clarify by saying we don’t actually own a vacation home, we have use of a small house on the Umpqua River which is owned by John’s parents.) It was an absolutely perfect getaway, with cold foggy mornings and rich fall sunlight in the afternoons. I ate Triscuits and drank fizzy Polar water and I wore the same pair of sweatpants for two days.

I spent a lot of time just sitting in front of the big windows in the front room watching the water flow by. A hulking grey heron came and picked his way among the rocks, looking like a piece of origami that had floated down from the sky, all pointy paper blades. Tennis-ball-shaped fruit fell at an unsteady pace from the black walnut tree in periodic thumps and bounces. At sunset gusts of wind blew a confetti of bright yellow leaves across the melting orange river where light still danced on the ripples and waves and it was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen.

I drove to Reedsport, a nearby coastal town, and wandered in a dusty antique store that looked and felt exactly like someone’s long-forgotten attic, trash and treasure everywhere. I went to a drugstore and bought a candle that smelled the way your body feels when you look at a lit-up Christmas tee. I drove lazily, pulling over whenever cars loomed impatiently behind me, under a chilly blue sky and the thick tunnels of trees that arc over Highway 38 like protective laced fingers.

Eventually, I came home, and that was wonderful too. But it was so good to get away.


7 Responses to “Change of scenery”

  1. k on November 14th, 2018 8:11 pm

    Just reading this made me feel like I was right there with you. Amazing. Glad you could go regroup. :)

  2. Suzanne on November 15th, 2018 6:49 am

    Beautiful imagery. I love the origami heron.

  3. Alison on November 15th, 2018 2:09 pm

    This sounds amazing. So glad you got to get away.

  4. ANN FOLEY on November 16th, 2018 3:28 pm

    Man, the way you describe what you see out the window….so vivid!

  5. Karen on November 17th, 2018 10:06 pm

    Well that was gorgeous. You’re one of my favorites, Linda. I understand why some people quit writing online but I hope you never do. It would be such a loss to not have your voice in my internet life. ♥️

  6. Amy on December 4th, 2018 8:08 pm

    Such a peaceful experience, so perfectly described. Thank you for sharing!

    (also, write another fucking novel pleeeeze)

  7. Kim on December 5th, 2018 5:32 am

    You could describe any season and make it sound poetic, but since Fall is my favorite, this one got me right in the gut, in the best way possible.

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