My oldest is pregnant so we went camping for the 4th of July.
This is 19-year old Haley, who left home at 16 and has been riding the rails for the past year. “Train Kids” is a subculture: stoners riding, sleeping, fucking and shitting off the side of train wells. She sells nudes online and uses PayPal as her bank. Interesting kid, a loner, stubborn and tough yet brittle. Of course I gave her money, food, a knife, etc.
(As far as smoking weed, I think it should be prohibited and shunned but not punished very severely, at least at the user level. We need rules we can break or life becomes bland and dull. I also think smoking pot in your young, brain-developing years is really nasty, resulting in stunted intellect and personalities ~ and this should be punished more severely. That said, if I had a terminal illness and wanted to smoke, why not? But like most other issues, we’re inconsistent and ineffectual….)
Life has been a bit hectic. Here’s what’s on my phone.
My mother died on July 15. It was sudden and shocking yet peaceful, outdoors on a beautiful Summer day. She was spared a long slow decline and all indications are she didn’t suffer. While dying in your sleep remains the popular choice, I think this was a pretty fortunate way to exit. Seeing her body closed the matter for me and now it’s a matter of supporting my sister who hasn’t yet found quite the solace that I have.