Take Me to the Moon 5.10
Narrated by Zoe Patel Tesla-Goth
For our honeymoon, Ewan wanted to go stay in a tiny remote cabin in Granite Falls. The one he picked is built into the mountainside in a steep river valley. He said he couldn’t promise me his undivided attention; he wanted to paint Granite Falls’ colors and textures since he first went camping there as a teen.
You may wonder, why would I agree to this offer, which sounded pretty lame– no promise of lavish attention, no other people? For my honeymoon? I always dreamed of a beach honeymoon, warm and balmy, lots of people enjoying the laid-back party atmosphere, and of course, lots of romantic nights. Why did I agree to this cabin in the woods, and being runner-up to the easel? Simple. I’m in love. And with all his tortured artist stuff going on, Ewan is crazy about me, too.
We arrived late on Friday evening, and Ewan started a fire to take the chill off the musty cabin.
We warmed the place up a bit.
It was late, but we were starving. Ewan whipped up some flirty cookies.
The next morning, I slept in. When I woke up, Ewan was on the porch, painting.
I headed back inside to clean up from last night
And then I saw a person, a new friend, by the river. What a godsend! Hopefully an outgoing person who liked to chat! Ewan’s big family is one of the the things that really drew me in– I love living in a household that’s always got people coming and going and almost any hour of the day, there’s a whole group of people to talk with and do things with.
Ewan’s right; this place is pretty quiet. Both of the people I saw, were really wanting to commune with nature, not me.
I decided to see what all the fuss was about, and went hiking
Ewan’s right, the colors and light in this place are amazing.
It’s so lonely, but very pretty.
And the light filters through the trees so differently than at home.
I can’t deny the scenery was amazing. When I got back, after a whole 35 minutes, Ewan was still painting.
After hiking, I got inspired and decided to get in touch with my creative voice. That didn’t last long. My creative voice sounded a lot like a crying cat.
I went jogging, I practiced my speaking for work, and I took a long bath. It was a good exercise in mindfulness. Not that I’d want to do that everyday, but for a day, it was different.
That evening, I convinced Ewan to look at the stars with me for a while, before he painted them.
After a while, I was ready for bed, but he said he needed to paint by the moonlight, without all of the light pollution, since it was a huge full moon. “You don’t get light like this in Oasis Springs,” he said.
He was up half the night painting by the moonlight.
The next morning, I was the first one up, enjoying what I thought was the really pretty light of sunrise.
We had been at Ewan’s house for a week between the wedding and the honeymoon, usually sleeping over in the lab, and I’d already painted a few times at home, and had an idea for a new painting.
Ewan came out on the porch to find me, while I was painting, and I think he enjoyed relaxing and watching me paint for once.
He had a few pointers for me
but I think he’s quite impressed with my abilities
I felt really inspired.
My painting is about the freedom I feel with Ewan, to leave off my mask. I know he loves me for who I am. So many people think I’m just a clown with no substance; Ewan appreciates that to be cheerful and make people laugh isn’t as easy as it looks all the time.
We had one more evening in the cabin before returning home. And Ewan was all mine.
- I had Zoe and Ewan take a three night honeymoon over the weekend, so the rest of the family could care for themselves at home while they were away and it wouldn’t impact Elise’s work, which now that Ewan’s completed his aspiration, is my main focus.
- Zoe autonomously painted several times during their first week of marriage; I guess seeing Ewan’s work all the time has her inspired. It was fun seeing Ewan “Mentor” her in painting; I pictured her not realizing how stressed he was by her lack of technique, which really showed on his face.
- I had thought I’d have Zoe and Ewan stay mainly at the Gallery apartment, but it was too hard making sure Elise was ready for work and looking out for Alexander so we made up a make-shift bedroom in the basement lab for Zoe and Ewan.
- Zoe’s ready to start a family, but Ewan hasn’t gotten that whim yet.