Friday, January 6, 2012

Guest post: Courtney from Vintch

Hey all, here is a guest post from one of my  favourite bloggers: Courtney from Vintch. I have been reading this lovely lady's blog for over a year and am so honoured to have her doing this guest post for me. You'll see once you read her beautiful writing why she has quickly become a must-read on so many people's lists.



On finding her voice

My mama hates mayonnaise and is not fond of hanging baskets.
My dad has Dallas Cowboys pajama pants and a penchant for ranch dip.

And I am their daughter. I slept one floor above them for 21 years, until the night before my wedding when I crawled into my twin bed and cried, my cheek warm against the cotton sheets, my hands wrapped around the cracked gold posts. I cried not because I was scared or nervous about the wedding, but because I would never again sleep there. Never again hang my feet off the side and onto the carpet. Never talk to my sister in the dark until we both fell asleep mid sentence. It was bittersweet and hard.

For years, I made my chicken casseroles with sour cream. And even though my front porch has hooks for baskets, my begonias sat on the brick steps. When the Cowboys were on, my husband and I were in front of the television, though I was often looking away or sewing. I dipped my chips in Hunter Valley on the living room floor.

I smile like mama, stutter like my dad.

Without knowing it, without deciding it, I’ve found myself liking the same things they like, and vice versa. And somehow, between taking my coffee with two sugars and making peanut butter sandwiches at midnight, I realized I’d lost a bit of myself.

So I made new traditions. I learned to relish my king sized bed, and I tried real tuna salad. I realized I actually don’t really like ranch dip, and I’d much rather be watching E! than a football game.

And it’s okay. After all this time, it’s so beautiful to realize that.

That to challenge their preferences doesn’t weaken them or make them any less special. It also doesn’t make me a bad or rebellious child. In fact, it’s a testament to their parenting that I am comfortable forging my own way through this wild world.

I love my parents to the end of this earth. They are my cornerstone and backbone, and my favorite evenings are the ones spent walking to their house from my own, one hand resting in Robert’s.

But I leave eventually. Once the coffee is gone and the sun is setting, we walk back. To our cottage. Our life together. Our dog in the window.

And today the sun is shining and it’s unseasonably warm and I’m thinking about hanging baskets. And how lovely they would look on the porch. And how pleased mama will be when she stands under them. About reclaiming my voice, saying I love you in a language I never knew until now.

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Kacey said...

Beautiful! xoxo

Autumn said...

I love this. I feel like this every time when I go back home to visit my parents and sleep in my bed. Sometimes I just want to be a little girl again even though I'm really happy with my life.

Thanks for sharing this :)

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia said...

So beautifully written :) Off to check out Courtney's blog.

PS I tagged you in a post, hope you can play along :) http://vanishaslife.blogspot.com/2012/01/its-all-about-me-11-things.html

cricketfreak said...

aww!

samnhal said...

I so agree with her. There are so many things I realized I loved or hated after I got married and moved out, I think it's just that you have to make so many more choices for yourself that you really develop yourself.

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

hello lovely lady
hope youre doing well
sorry im so bad, i kind of blog when inspired at the moment as have so much on!
gota love courtney, shes wonderful.
speak soon
xxxx

Fash Boulevard said...

adore this guest post. thanks for sharing, hun. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my Gossip Girl inspired look. xo

www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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