Saturday, June 02, 2007

Stonington, CT

I didn’t expect to visit Stonington, Connecticut. It was late summer and I was driving through New York City in a Volkswagen beetle with the windows rolled down and Cat Stevens singing “Looking for a hard-headed woman” from the 8-track tape player mounted under my seat. Somewhere on Interstate 95 in the Bronx I noticed a girl in another car and we glanced at each other. I watched her into southern Connecticut as afternoon was cresting … the sun was bright and hot and the gold in the light danced on her long hair and bounced against her car seat back and attempted to fly out her open window. She exited at Stonington, CT and I drove on. At once I felt the most profound loss at not having known this girl … for not spending a moment talking with her by the side of the road or in a diner off the interstate. I took the next exit and drove to a spot where I could see the ocean and I waited for her to realize I was there and to find me. When the afternoon sun began its drive to the sea, I continued mine to Boston. Now, when I travel north from New York City, I use a different route. I don’t pass Stonington, Connecticut anymore.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Rositta said...

That's a beautiful story. Is there anyone of our generation that hasn't had at least one "what if" moment? Sometimes I think they were not meant to be anyhow, that's just fate...ciao

3:25 PM  
Anonymous NYC to New Hampshire said...

This is a great post!

7:09 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

It will drive you crazy to wonder...

Carol

6:35 AM  
Anonymous lillian said...

:-) again.. boring comment.. but I like your post...

8:35 AM  
Blogger christina said...

WAY too many "what if" moments here. I try not to think about those too much. :-)

9:24 AM  
Anonymous ian said...

well, there's always the "missed connections" section on craigslist ;-))

...then again, some connections are simply better left unmade.

11:41 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

this lovely story
reminds me of Tom waits singing about how he watches a girl in a bar, but never goes over to her, even when the seat next to her is empty because he might fall for her, but then she is gone and he says he just fell in love with her....
what ifs

8:10 AM  

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