Notes of a Memory

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19 Responses

  1. Monica says:

    Wonderful – I can literally see you, young and a little bit scared and shy – trotting the Irish streets… so brave to travel alone like that, creating memories and discovering the world.

  2. Meg says:

    Delicious. I can almost smell the salty air.

  3. Lil says:

    Lovely. Thank you.

  4. Friko says:

    Alone amongst the many.

    Alone, a part of the many.


    Alone no longer. For now.

  5. Pearl says:

    That was wonderful, Joce. I now want to travel alone, to wear cable-knit sweaters and walk on the moors. Or perhaps to go somewhere where someone will care for me just because I am alone and look like I could use a friend. 🙂


  6. This was lovely! It reminded me all the way to my heart of the summer I was 22, traveling alone in Europe, but never really alone. Every one of your images breathes for me!

  7. pam says:

    Loved this Jocelyn. Bought back memories, as a young backpacker, for me too. Two hippy Americans we met in Ireland at the time persuaded us to visit them in Philladelphia, making it my second trip to the U.S.
    Have not been back to either country since unfortunately. Found both the United States. and Ireland such hospitable countries.

  8. Owen Meany? Treacle? Oh, my heart hurts.

  9. What a great piece! I enjoyed the writing and have to say, I loved the dance videos! There is a place about 35 miles from where we live that has classes in the Step Dancing and I’ve often thought I wish we could swing it to get Maya lessons in this kind of dancing but the lessons, plus the fancy costumes would be totally beyond our budget, especially with the mileage and cost of gas these days! But I’ve thought she could do well with that type of dance because since she was between 2-3 years old, on her own, she began to do a sort of side-step dance as she would run and do this half-skip with it through the house. At least she doesn’t appear to have 2 left feet like her grandmother seems to have! LOL Thanks again especially for all the videos you posted. I’ll have to show them to Maya when she gets home from school today!

  10. Choochoo says:

    Brilliant 😀 You do rock, you do.

  11. ds says:

    One of my favorite memories of visiting Ireland a year ago was sitting in a hotel bar in Killarney on a Saturday night listening, mesmerized, to a band of local musicians (two flutes, a harp, a banjo, a fiddle) playing and singing to a room packed with locals who accepted the four tourists among them with good grace. Irish hospitality is truly grand.
    You have just proved that, even when we travel alone, we are never truly alone. Thank you.

  12. I see Unmitigated Me and I are on the same page about Owen Meany!

    You are so brave.

    • Jocelyn says:

      You are very gracious in the way you put that, Jenn. Some might just say I’m “crabby and judgmental.” Heh-heh. Is this the wrong place to reveal I hated The Help?

  13. I traveled alone a little in Australia – it was scary and freeing.

  14. kmkat says:

    I was delighted to read that A Prayer for Owen Meany = Treacle. I listened to the audio, which seemed to go on f-o-r-e-v-e-r just for the payoff at the (eventual) end.

  15. lime says:

    and you wonder where your girl gets her poise…..;)

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