The Three Year Vacation

Victoria Baths via Wikimedia, by GBPhoto27

I feel as though I’m walking into a large, empty foyer with a lantern, and that what I write here will echo blankly across the walls, bouncing back at me to confirm what I already feel: that nobody’s left here to listen to my timid greeting. Which is to be expected; it’s been two and a half years.

I feel as though I am walking into a mansion where fabulous parties once took place and some of the best conversations happened and some of the best meals were served and some of the best guests attended.

It’s been a three year hiatus, I think to myself as I turn on the old gas stove and start looking through the cupboards for canned foods. I see a loaf of bread so covered in mold the only recognizable feature is its shape, and next to that there’s a jar of peanut butter that was left open and was so chemical-ridden it has somehow resisted decomposition. As I start to heat up some Campbell’s soup, I warm my hands over the stove top, listening to the crack of expanding metal, and glance at the photographs hanging on the walls of the guests who used to attend those parties, and realize how much I miss the constant exchange of ideas and experiences.

Taking my warm cup of soup I dampen a washcloth, then move to the kitchen table and wipe off three years’ worth of dust. The last time I sat here thinking up stuff to write was in 2013, June, when I wrote about Introverts and Extroverts. That was a long time ago. I find, though, that there’s still a notebook here, with a pen sitting there next to it wrapped in a cobweb. I brush it off, click it open, and start writing a list of things that have happened between then and now.

Ran a restaurant. Went to China. Finished college.

For a year, I worked at a bank. Then I was an accountant at a seafood distribution company. Then I did archival work at a TV station. Now I’ve been a receptionist at different places, on and off since before Christmas.

Grew a mustache. Moved away from home. Lost most of my plants to weather. Lost dear friends. Made new ones. Learned a language. Got cultured and became disillusioned with it at the same time.

I started a couple new blogs, but it just hasn’t been the same. Frankly, I miss all of you, and I miss the freedom of expression I had on this particularly themeless blog, this particular House of Happy which is now whirring as the boiler in the basement kicks on. I turn on lights in the different rooms and find half-read books on sofas, unwashed coffee cups on side tables, sheet music still open at the piano, the paper yellowed with age and the notes all but faded away.

Gosh, I’ve missed this place.

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To Rhododendron

Read the original Letter to Planty…

Rhododendron
166 Koninklijke Blvd.
Elsewheredam, Nederlands

Rhododendron—

Thanks for your lovely letter. I’m faring fine, although still no water for a couple/few weeks. I guess I’m used to it. He keeps me warm, at least. I have a nice spot by the heater, and sometimes, Joseph has placed me at the window so I can drink up some of the sun. (Although, more often than not, it’s depressing; I’m only a couple feet from sunshine on a daily basis, so I can look at it but not have it…)

How is your family? Oh that’s right, they’re frozen for the winter. I keep forgetting that you are a house plant and they are in the garden out-doors. Ha ha. Silly me. Always forgetting. Is it cold in the Nederlands?

Has it really been seven years since I came to live at Joseph’s house? Tsk, tsk, time flies I suppose. ‘Specially when you’re a plant.

Give my regards to all the other houseplants…tell Aunt Rose, and the Pansy’s, and Violet and Rubber-Planty that I love them.

Miss you all.


—Planty