M.K.Harlan

Storyteller

I’m sitting at the dining room table with a yellow highlighter and a black pen in the same hand. In my periphery Charlie sits down by the back door, intent on something behind me.

There are days in the fall when you just feel alive. The leaves are the color of fire and they make a crunching sound beneath your feet. The sun shines down and warms your skin even as the breeze brings hints of the cold to come. Everything seems new and you can’t help but notice everything that moves.

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I would like to request a retraction and apology from every adult who ever disciplined me for backsass, name calling, hateful speech of any kind, and for using the word no when asked to do something that I didn’t want to do. I would also like to request consideration from every adult now, I am also an adult by the way, who acts like I can’t tell them no or speak my mind because I’m just an immature child.

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I said this to someone this morning who came through the line at the Credit Union. It was followed by the advice that if you ever find yourself bored and not learning anything anymore for whatever reason; quit your job, take a trip, get a new job, whatever, just go learn something.

She said she was 17. I hope she takes my advice. Because I didn’t – haven’t. I keep telling myself that I just need to pay off my loans, my debts, but where does that get me?

You know, I have plans. So many plans. So many dreams. Right now I’m learning where I’m at. Sooner or later I may get bored and no longer be learning enough at INterra, and I’ll endeavor to take my own advice and move on… to keep learning.

I never want it to be said ever again that “she lived a safe, quite, and unobtrusive life” I want it to be said that “she lived a life of adventure and passion, and learned and knew so much.”

I’d much rather be a Baggins than a Took.

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