In 25 yrs, one word I have learned the multiple meanings of is gratitude. With every year that passes, I understand more & more why saying thank you aloud, & quietly to myself, allows me to breathe better.
In 2 days, I am going to have been alive in this galaxy for 25 yrs. I am far from being a desert island—I owe these years to many magnificent people, places, & things, of which I am eternally grateful. 24 has been a blessed & jam-packed year, of which I take note in no particular order:
-Visited Boston twice which meant also being able to hang out with C. C has been my best gal pal & soul sister for 5 yrs. Boston was cool, but not nearly as cool as C & her Raphaelite hair.
-Dressed up as a mermaid at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. I’ve lived in New York my entire life, but never manage to dress up for it. Coney, I fell in love with your filthy beaches & greasy food this summer.
-Spent a weekend in Cape Cod with T. He brought me to the most beautiful beach covered in rocks. I also ate raw oysters for the first time & discovered my heart.
-Celebrated the 90th year my grandmother has been alive. This lady was in WWII, so she understands what brave actually means.
-Directed SLC Poetry Festival, where I drove Henri Cole to a diner in Yonkers & ate an entire meal together at nearly midnight. My insides exploded with utter joy.
-Chilled on a Williamsburg rooftop with B after discovering we’ve known each other for 7 yrs, discussing what happiness is.
-Moved to Greenpoint with S in July, lucky to have a best friend in my sister.
-Fell in love with the East Village with M over a mini cranberry-pear pie & chai, a true darling.
-Baked key lime pie for the first time for G & A, the best couple in the universe.
-Published two poems in The Paris-American, felt a surge of gratitude toward the universe for giving me words.
-Started writing for Luna Luna Magazine, & discovered so many divine ladies, especially L.
-Earned my MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, not only receiving a degree but found a dear friend in A, my favorite poet gentleman.
-Spent Thanksgiving with my parents (& all of my mother’s extended family) & feeling nothing but lucky to know I have a family who will always care.
-Christened my Greenpoint apt where I received a Ganesha figure from MC.
-A day never goes by where I don’t hear from D, a best friend I’ve had for almost 8 yrs, who I can never thank enough.
-Listened to reggae at the Coney Island Reggae Fest, where DB spun some notes & the cutest Frenchie played soccer.
-Watched The Innocents & The Others back-to-back with T & JD, the best way to celebrate Halloween.
Sadly, these are only some highlighted memories of the year & I can’t fit them all here as I’d like to. This is mainly just a list for me to remember & give thanks to so many of the wonderful people in my life.