"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day Nineteen: I Told You So


Um.

Last night I spent much of the night stressed out and Googling because my nose ring was either bent too tightly or my nose had swollen too much (or both) and my sparkly new souvenir had actually sunken into the piercing and disappeared under my skin. We were leaving Virginia at 5:00 in the morning, so I couldn't go back to the shop where I'd had it done... and they didn't open until noon so I couldn't even call them until we'd been on the road for 7 hours. When I was finally able to call, they advised I get it looked at as soon as possible, so I got a recommendation from my friend at our next stop (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) and called them, praying they could take care of me. How serendipitous was it that if it had to happen, it happened right before meeting up with someone who'd gotten piercings and knew of a local reputable location?

To make a long story short, we made our first unplanned stop of the trip at a tattoo/piercing shop in Murfreesboro, they were able to remove the piercing and replace it with a better fitting stud, and Mike was kind enough not to say “I told you so.” At least not in words.

Moving right along....

Tonight we met another online unschooling friend for the first time, and we shared pizza, wings, and laughs. I'm pretty sure that we could have chatted through most of the night, but we left when the girl started getting sleepy and fading. Just as it was with Alice and her family, it was wonderful to spend time with other real-life unschoolers. I love and appreciate all my friends, but there is just something undeniably uplifting and validating about being around other people who really understand and embrace the same lifestyle. People who get it. It truly feeds the soul, and I am humbled and grateful for my unschooling tribe.




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