Falling, Down Under, Getting Back Up, (a bit further North) & Dodging Teeth.

So I’m presently in Victoria, which, oddly enough, is where I was a month ago. Except that Victoria was in Australia. This one is a bit further North.
So, here I am, my second country in 2 months, and it’s Halloween, which used to be one of my favorites. I even threw a Halloween party for ‘E’ and I’s engagement once upon a time…but that was another life.
Anyway, it made me think about what I was doing last year at this time.
I was in Hawaii. That actually made me laugh out loud.
Yesterday, this very nice man started chatting me up at the coffee shop (Very friendly, these Canadians, which can prove challenging for an introvert).
He was very inquisitive, and I had nowhere to escape, so I obliged and answered his questions. The first? He wanted to know if I was from South Africa- the second time I’ve been asked this in the past two months, the first being in Australia.
I simply don’t get the South Africa one, but interestingly enough, when I’m in the U.S., people ask if I’m from Canada. (I say ‘abowt’ instead of ‘about’ for whatever reason).
This seems to be a theme. When I’m speaking Spanish in Latin America, they ask if I’m from Spain. When I’m in Spain, they ask if I’m from Latin America. When I was in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they asked if I learned French in France. And when I’m in France…I think they just try to understand me. (I haven’t quite conquered that language yet).
Anyway, this very nice man continued. He wanted to know where was I living (I avoided that one), where had I traveled, what line of work I was in, what work was I doing in Paris, and what in god’s name was I doing in the Congo.
He was fascinated, but I couldn’t help but feel like I was misleading him. That life is just so far removed from where I am now.

I know, “I won’t be here forever”, “I am more than my circumstances”, “the further you fall, the higher you rise”…I know.

Just somewhat comical. I go so fluidly between being flown across the world on seemingly exotic adventures…to sleeping on friends’ couches.



My current sofa du’ jour, however, is quite comfortable…and I am in Canada with a very dear, very patient friend, so there’s that.
My dreams have been quite interesting here. Have you ever dreamed that you lost your teeth? This time it was my two front teeth. Which makes sense, because I did actually lose my two front teeth when I was little.
I already had a lisp so you can imagine. I couldn’t say my ‘r’s’ either. I basically sounded like a cross between Elmer Fudd and Sylvester the Cat. Cute when you are little. But I’m here to tell you, saying ‘Merry Christmas’ was quite the feat.

One down…

There are various interpretations of what ‘losing teeth’ means in a dream:
1st scenario: It usually means some important relationship will be lost.
2nd scenario: You will take more responsibility and become more stable and mature.
3rd scenario: Tooth loss is likely to show that a difficult situation will soon be over.
4th scenario:Β There is really something wrong with your teeth.
Okay, well, the first one certainly applies.
The second, not so much. I’m kind of on the opposite end of the spectrum, but I’ll certainly take it.
The third scenario: Um, yes, please. I will gladly hand over a tooth or two if that one can play out.
And the last one, I’m not 100% sure, but they all seem to be intact.
So I’m going to go with the third scenario. Although I’d rather keep the teeth I offered up so as not to revisit the previously-mentioned ‘lisp era’…not so cute when you are trying to pull off scenario 2…or rebound from scenario 1.
But in keeping with the subject at hand- ‘teeth’ seems to be a theme here in Canada.
About three days after I got here, I went to the gym to try to work off some angst from scenario 1 and the whole ‘sleeping on friends couches’ thing.
I was making solid progress sweating it out when I saw something flying toward me out of the corner of my eye. I didn’t even have time to flinch before I saw a set of teeth lying on the floor in front of me.
I’m not talking about the ‘these are a part of my Halloween costume’ teeth.

It was a full set of teeth.

I somehow refrained from reacting and promptly looked down, pretending to be studying my distance/speed stats intensely. I definitely never saw a heavy-set man walk directly in front of me, bend down, and pick up his teeth.

The poor guy must have been mortified. It did make me think, though, “well shit, things aren’t that bad. I mean, yes, my heart’s a little bruised, my circumstances aren’t exactly ideal, but at least I don’t have to worry about my teeth falling out. I get to wake up from my bad dream, shake it off, and then head to the bathroom and brush my teeth…versus, you know, having to fish them out of a glass or whatever you do when you have to put your teeth in.
So, that’s all I got. I’m still in Canada, still living out of my suitcase, still making people guess where I’m from, and still trying to figure out where I’m going.
The good news, however, is (according to the experts) “My difficult situation will soon be over.”

That’s something I can sink my teeth into…



19 thoughts on “Falling, Down Under, Getting Back Up, (a bit further North) & Dodging Teeth.

  1. That is good news! The … uh … bad shit will be over part. I’m gonna go with that, too!

    Not for nothing but I had a weird dream about tentacles coming out of the corner of my eyes a couple of months ago, and I can’t shake the eerie feeling that gives me every time I casually think about it. Very Lovecraftian. In fact, those same tentacles were coming out of my computer mouse and the corner of someone’s mouth nearby, and that person was trying to help me overcome it, as she had been through it before.

    I think it means I need to get out more. πŸ˜‰

    Regardless, enjoy some real Canadian beer with your real Canadian friend and raise one for me (and my tentacles), too!

    Also, get your teeth checked. Just in case. 😁

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    • Hm, well a quick search (all I found was regarding octopus…tentacles and all) Basically, you are trying to do too much at once, being pulled in too many directions. Or, you are being too clingy in your relationship. We’ll have to see what Mrs. C has to say about that one.
      Then there is the eye component. This is all about intuition, new insights, getting rid of old habits.
      That’s not a very hard one to interpret, given recent events in your life.

      But get your eyes checked, just in case. ;o)

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    • Oh dear, Brad, don’t wish my circumstances on poor Miriam!! πŸ™‚
      Yes, may the dream gods be right on this one. A resolution to all would be fabulous…like now.
      As for my present location, our incurable dreamer has graciously offered up her couch to this gypsy chasing magic. I kinda need to get my feet back under me…after going ‘down under’.
      It’s crazy the gifts that come out of this whole virtual world. (you included) πŸ™‚
      But don’t worry, I won’t come knocking on your door next…unless your couch is exceptionally comfortable. ;o)

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  2. Okay, what do I say to this? Um, it’s definitely not #4 because your teeth are ridiculous and I can see that there isn’t a damn thing wrong with them. I mean, of course your teeth are perfect. *eye roll* But that poor man in the gym, not only does he not have any teeth, his false ones are seemingly made of jumping beans. Props to you for handling that situation like a champ and pretending he didn’t have to pick them up off the floor in front of you. #sofuckingmortifying It reminds me of the time everyone thought I had a tampon string hanging out of my shorts during a basketball game and how embarrassing it was for me as I tried to indiscreetly remove the thing that was dangling between my legs. That’s totally not what it was, but that’s a story for another time. ANYWAY. Brooke, you are in the thick of heartache and pain and uncertainty and I know it feels like you will never find your way out. There is nothing I can do to change that for you or to take the ache away, which pains me beyond belief, but I do want you to know this one thing. You have profoundly altered the course of my life. You are a shining star composed of magic, exceptional light and undeniable spirit, and my days are sprinkled with glitter simply because you are in them. Even in silence, and on dark days, you bring me joy. Never doubt your worth, your presence, or the influence you have on the lives of those around you. As you say, not everyone is capable of handling what can’t be tamed, but some people not only can, they rise to new heights because of it.

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    • Beautiful words to hear, as always…because what else would you do with your words, really (kinda your thing). You are one of the rare ones who bring out the best in everyone around you, even when they feel at their worst. So just know, a few others are rising to new heights because of all the magic that is you. πŸ™‚

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  3. European chestnuts I would guess. American chestnuts vanished with a blight ages ago, I believe.

    I’ve always considered our human bodies have two general flaws. One is our knees, they wear out too fast and just are not designed for impact work. The other is our teeth. It is our teeth, of all things, that mark our mortality. We are designed for about 50 years of life — gauged by the longevity of our teeth. Without modern care, they tend to rot and fall out by that age. Sure, diet and genetics affect them. But historically they were pretty much done by 50. With this in mind, how will life extension work? Imagining we can beat the aging gene, eventually our teeth wear out. Will all 200 year old humans, in the year 3030, have dentures?

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  4. Brooke, I actually read this the night you posted it. I have been thinking about it ever since. I hesitated to comment here, but obviously decided to do it. I could tell you that you are wonderful – which you are – that life is going to be an adventure and full of love and light for you – which I believe it will be…..but, what struck me most about this post, and the last one, is your writing. You know know how much I love the posts about your adventures in the Congo, but these last two posts are something altogether different, and I think the best writing I have read from you. This writing seems to come from a new place, an unsettle one, but a fiercely creative one…even if you aren’t entirely feeling it. You are a gifted and beautiful person.

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    • Wow, I wasn’t expecting that at all. No, I guess I’m not feeling fiercely creative at this point. But I promised myself I would write through it. I’m not going to get anywhere by opting for silence because my will is weak. As you well know, this is how we heal- get the demons that threaten to steal our voice out of our heads- name them, look them straight in the eye and refuse to let them win.
      So write I will, and hopefully, my ‘will’ follows suit, along with that ‘full of love and light’ piece…and sooner than later would be lovely. πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Susan, for taking the time to come back and share your thoughts. I needed to hear them today, which I have a feeling you somehow knew. Huge hug to you, my girl.

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  5. Awww you were in Victoria, Australia not too long ago! That’s where I live πŸ˜€ Hope you had a good time in Australia. That guy who was asking you out sounded very chatty indeed. Like you, I’m always wary about giving out personal information about myself especially if I’m on the road solo. It really is no one’s business and I try to be as short as possible. I’ve had nightmares where I was being chased and everything was all dark and I was running…not very nice but sometimes they can be very insightful into your unconciousness πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Mabel, thanks for visiting! Well, I’m not sure he was asking me out, just a nice man, I think. I don’t mind people inquiring, really, but I’m also an introvert, so I have to force myself ‘to chat’ most of the time…unless I find someone especially interesting. Not to sound arrogant, that’s just how I tick. I suppose I’m somewhat naive, but I think most people just want to connect, although I’m also aware there is often an agenda (i.e., they are interested in asking me out). More often than not though, I have good intuition. But yes, we have to be vigilant when traveling solo. You live in a beautiful country. I hope to see more of it one day. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment!

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