So today I tried pottery for the first time. Maaike supervises the open studio time at the craft council, so I figured I would drop down, hang out and try my hand at the wheel. My first try kind of `sploded in a muddy watery mess, but my second attempt came out rather nice. Once I figured out how to center the clay, I was set, and under Maaike’s tutelage I crafted a bowl\big mug. Then I decided to put a handle on it, which I found kind of looked like a tail, so I turned my mug into a godzilla-like seacreature. This nautical theme continued when I tried out the press, and the big wheel you control it with made me feel like a sea captain, so I decided to make a pirate plate, with a skull and crossbones in the center and waves along the edges. All in all a fun evening. Im kind of hooked, I think Im going to try to make this a Friday or every other Friday tradition.
Being back in the city is kind of surreal. I feel a little like a ghost. I don’t really recognize the downtown faces anymore, and I guess I look different enough, and I have been away long enough, that people don’t really recognize me either. I kind of like this sometimes, and other times not so much. Trying to find where I fit in again is going to be an interesting summer journey.
I look forward to reconnecting with people. It has been a long two years. I guess it has been less than that as I was home last summer, but somehow that feels like it was a lifetime ago. I think I'm a very different person than I was then, and even more so than I was when I first left home. Montreal did a bit of a number on me, and I see this trip home as a bit of a recharge for the soul before I move on again. Get my bearings before I set a new course. “Safest place for ships is harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
God I miss Jenny. can’t wait to see her again. It is going to be a long two months:(. However, it will be a long two months with a wedding at the end :).