Original post: June 20, 2008; update: January 29, 2010. A work of fiction.
Coldplay are singing in the background: It’s such a perfect day. Warm sunlight caresses my face. I close my eyes, and the sounds, the smells, the sensations of today transport me back to yesterday.
I turned my head and there you were; within arm’s reach yet so much closer. Your back to me; you’d been reading while I slept. The Time Traveler’s Wife. There was a tear in your eye. It was that kind of book.
I remember … and I wouldn’t want to change a thing.
Your blue-green eyes. Your lips trembling to hold a laugh in check. Your fingers that locked into mine like the final piece of the puzzle. Your silken skin.
Don’t you want to curve away when it’s such a perfect day?
Your honey-colored silken skin, the fine hairs on your arms, the freckles on your shoulders, the curve of your neck that I called home.
Now the sky could be blue. I don’t mind; without you it’s a waste of time.
When I was with you, I was at peace.
Without you I’m just miles away.
When I’m with you, I’m at peace. And sometimes, on days when I sit alone here with God, I wonder where you are …
Rounding up the last week of the best month of the year (so far) …
November 24: Coldplay
My three favorite bands are U2, Coldplay and Lifehouse. I saw U2 in June 2005 at Wembley Stadium. I’ve seen Lifehouse a few times, a couple times in London and once in San Diego. And a couple weeks ago, I finally got to see Coldplay at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
November 25-29: Thanksgiving in Fresno
Matt and Sara (with whom I also saw Wicked) invited me up to spend Thanksgiving with them (and their families) in Fresno. Good friends, good food, good times.
I had my last class of the quarter yesterday, and I have just a 1,000 word reflection and a 12-15 page paper to write, so … Christmas break is almost here! I’m looking forward to whatever time I have off (which actually usually ends up less than I thought or would like; oh well …).
I’ll leave you with a couple of things:
- As a Third Culture Kid myself, I’m pretty stoked to read this article on Barack’s cabinet.
- And welcome to the season of Advent.
Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All.
I love music. I always have. If I’m awake, you’ll rarely find me without music, unless I’m spending some quiet time with God. I suppose this aspect of my life comes down to being a creature of culture rather than being my parents’ child, coz I don’t remember music being a feature of our household. So it’s interesting to see what a huge part it plays in my life.
Anyway, I was thinking about some of the songs and their associated memories in my own life. Here’s the few I can remember:
- Boyz II Men, ‘4 Seasons of Loneliness’; Celine Dion, Falling into You and ‘My Heart Will Go On’: Rachel, Christine and my GCSEs; playing downball after school with Gabe; making music with Dawen.
- Rich Mullins, Songs: summer 1997 in Melbourne.
- Aerosmith, ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’: summer 1998; watching Lethal Weapon 4 with Phil.
- Edwin McCain, ‘I’ll Be’; Shawn Mullins, ‘Shimmer’; Paula Cole, ‘I Don’t Want To Wait’: Dawson’s Creek, Katie Holmes, my A-levels at boarding school.
- U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind; David Gray, White Ladder; Coldplay: Parachutes: Emma, Katie Holmes-a-like, and my first year at UCL; drinking lots and lots of tea with Sukhi.
- Lifehouse, No Name Face: Smallville, my second year at UCL, Katie, going to Paris.
- Jars of Clay, The Eleventh Hour; the Bridget Jones Soundtrack: Ally, Uganda, and falling in love; lying under the stars, waking up early; making a best friend.
- Fono, Goesaroundcomesaround: leading cell group with Tim, my final year at UCL, Rachel.
- Switchfoot, The Beautiful Letdown: my first year at LST.
- Duke Special, My Villain Heart: Daren and Helen.
- Jack Johnson, In Between Dreams and A Weekend at the Greek: fall/winter 2005, lots of movies and late night chats with Danie.
- The Fray, The Reason EP; anything by Ben Folds or Guster: Laura, summer 2006, graduation.
- John Mayer, Continuum: fall 2006, moving to Pasadena, starting at Fuller.
- Sufjan Stevens, Songs for Christmas: Christmas 2006, Urbana, hanging out with Jeff and the CPC gang in St Louis.
- Lifehouse, Who We Are: Tim and Tiff’s wedding, Colorado, summer 2007.