Hello, Again

January 30, 2007

OK, as promised, a proper introduction since last night’s attempt veered off in all sorts of odd directions.

My name’s Phoenix, and I’m a 24-year-old woman living in a small town in Upstate New York. I work as a maid at a quaint, little inn, and keep to myself as much as possible. It’s not that I’m unfriendly, it’s just that… well, it’s complicated.

A few years ago, if you’d asked me what I planned to do with my life, I certainly wouldn’t have said anything about scrubbing the toilets that other people shit in or changing the linens after they’ve had sex — but what can you do? I had to leave college after my mom and grandmother were killed, and I found myself alone and needing a job that required little experience. There’s not a whole lot of opportunities out there for a girl who’s got no money and whose only higher education is an incomplete run as a child psychology major (with a minor in the Classics). But, really, I can’t complain: compared to some hotels where I’ve worked in the past, the inn is Shangri-La. It’s quiet and peaceful, especially during the day when I’m there and most of the guests are out, and its grounds are incredibly beautiful: lush, verdant hills abutting a large, natural lake. In fact, that’s why I always take the long way home, via foot, through the forest. The owners’ grown sons, Mark and Jared, think I’m weird for that… but I don’t care.

Home, such as it is, is a cozy, little apartment filled with books and DVDs and comfy furniture that I picked up at various yard sales and thrift stores. The previous renter painted the walls a creamy eggshell blue, and I liked the color so much that the landlord left it for me — and gave me a discount on my first month’s rent since it spared him a hassle. Billy’s a good guy. Sometimes I try and imagine what it would’ve been like to have a father like him. To have a father at all.

I’ve been here for nine months, and hope to settle in for awhile. It’s been years since I’ve stayed in any one place for very long. I call these times the “in-betweens”: they’re the calm in between the chaos; the sun peeking out from in between the storm clouds; the moments of light in between the dark.

Well, anyway, I guess that’s really all there is to say about me, at least all that’s fit for inclusion in an introductory post. Thanks for listening.

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One Response to “Hello, Again”

  1. northlamar said

    write more. you seem like you have something to say.

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