Summer sailed in and we unfurled our sails to ride along with it. Over the bridge, across the Mississippi, looking out at oil refineries, we were reminded. To see trees enrobed in brilliant green and a bald eagle defending its nest, we were reminded.
We left New Orleans with tears in our eyes. Leaving the embraces of loved ones is never easy and to drift towards the unknown ahead adds a queer blend of fear and hope. The future: diving in you see the surface of the water, attempt to read the ripples, understand the currents. But, we are terrestrial beings aware of how little we know, how vulnerable we are out there. Leaving beautiful friends we remember the ways they kept us afloat through spontaneous visits, bringing us to have fun sometimes, helping us with internet etiquette, helping us build and paint, giving us food and so, so much more. Thank you. But fear dissipates when, on the road, we find arms open wide for embraces larger than we ever imagined they could be.
Tuesday we were in Lafayette, our first stop. Lafayette looked at us wide eyed and we looked back joyful and hopeful. “It’s hard for my students sometimes”, said a professor, “to be in a place so overcome with the oil industry, and to not feel alone”. She documented the museum to share with her students. No, you are not alone. None of us are alone in this fight. (Thank you Natalie and Walter for hosting us in Lafayette. Thank you Daniel’s Din for the delicious red beans and rice and, for providing this meal for the people every week.)
Yesterday we have left Beaumont, TX where we slept beneath the oak trees from which lime green spiders fell. Before falling asleep that night a truck passed by, showering the street in some saccharine liquid. Emma leapt up and slammed the windows shut. Now, we are in Austin, the city of rolling hills and cool water. We had such a successful showing at Zilker Park (thank you Matt and Connor for organizing this) that we believe we will stay for another showing Saturday night. Keep up with our plans on our facebook (and here when the wifi and time stars align) and send your friends! Send your families! Spread the news, the TIMESHIP is coming to town!