my attempt at blending the arts I cherish

for emma, forever ago

“With all your lies,
You’re still very lovable.”

with the perfect ingredients, such as glow sticks, precious friends, cherished albums, and childish beliefs in the magical, a simple friday night in the month of June can be transformed into a joyful celebration of our position in life: one half child and one half adult. this is who we are, so we might as well live there.

last night, Dorothy and Maddy trekked out to my wooded home heavy with happiness, art supplies, a hammock, and For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver on vinyl to try on my newly acquired vintage record player. the night was rapidly shaping up to be a memorable one. as the sky fully darkened, we loaded up our arms with the goods and moved the party to the downstairs porch. let the mayhem begin! for Dorth had stumbled upon an idea to make glow lanterns = glow sticks + glitter + mason jars + shake. brilliant.

the lanterns were given one last shake, Bon Iver was placed on the player, and we settled into our hammocks. if that wasn’t enough to make me utterly content, the stars above were shining to the paramount of their abilities and the crickets decided to sing along with the music, but badly and off-beat.

i can’t convey to you how close this particular music is to my heart, but i can try by saying that on those days when it rains and you put on your favorite fall sweater or find the most worn quilt in the house to wrap you and your troubles in–Bon Iver is synonymous with that sweater or quilt. the music calms and caresses, but also quietly draws out your pain and confusion, allowing it to be noticed and untangled.

as i watched my glow lantern only dimly sparkle now and tried to fall asleep, my heart swelled with gratitude and too much happy. content is a nice place to live in.

“This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization
It’s the sound of the unlocking and the lift away
Your love will be
Safe with me.”

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