When you were younger, did your parents ever send you away for the summer?  What was the experience like?
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when i was 15 i went to europe for 5 1/2 weeks with my step-grandmother and brother. we flew from seattle to madrid, stayed in salamanca and took a train to el ferrol. next we flew to london, took a hover craft across the english channel, spent time in france, belguim, amsterdam, germany, austria, switzerland and italy. i felt so lucky. i met beautiful people, got to hang out with my brother, got to see so many things. i certainly felt worldly and a little amazing when i returned. starting 10th grade that fall had seemed like such a big deal before the trip. but upon returning i just felt different. tom robbins said in jitterbug perfume, "perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside of his or her own sphere- the sudden revelation that there is a there out there." that's what it felt like for me and it was wonderful.

today we went to santa cruz and ate at cafe la vie and got dessert from black china bakery. i wore a tee from threadless, light blue with a puzzle block heart and a norma kamali striped shrug.

eliot kept on saying happy birthday to me today and he once said happy mother's day to daddy. pretty cute!

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