In Memphis To See About a Girl


I've been here, in Memphis since Friday. My first time in the south, staying at a hotel with paintings on the ceiling in the lobby, with my dear friend who I haven't seen in months because she has been undergoing treatment at St. Jude. Again. I have never seen St. Jude until this trip after working with children who lived and were treated within its walls for the last four years.

And I'm not going to lie. It's a little bit scary to come face to face with children who are a lot easier to face through the walls of the Internet because Oh my God. That little boy in the face mask and head scarf is Archer's age. And then there are the parents, who I find it near impossible to look in the eye. What can I possibly say?

"I wonder what I would do if that was Archer," I said to Scarlett later on.

"You'd be fine,"she said. "You'd bring him here, to St. Jude and they would take care of him."

We then took the monorail across the Mississippi, and ate catfish at the edge of mud island and watched the river move steadily along, as we pushed back and forth on a public swing perched above the river and stared at the stillness of the skyline.


Sunday we packed a picnic and drove a few miles outside of the city, past horse corals and hiking trails until we found the perfect pond and a lone tree ideal for a picnic.



And we scampered and pranced and Scarlett did flips and cartwheels and somersaults. And how the hell is this girl so sick? I mean... look at this crazy bitch?



Today we went to Beale Street and sipped Root Beer floats and watched the blues guitarists ping at their guitars. We saw Knocked Up and laughed our asses off (although we both agreed on feeling unfulfilled with never finding out what the baby's name was... Hello? That's HUGELY important.)

Tomorrow I leave and I wish I could bring Scar home with me to L.A, because it's her home, too. I wish she didn't have to undergo major surgery next week. I wish she didn't have to stay in Memphis, away from her family. Even though it's beautiful here and the fields are always green and the ponds have Lilly pads as big as serving dishes and the way the light catches the trees is like magic.


Maybe if I packed you up real small in my suitcase?

But it isn't possible and that sucks balls. I wish health was something everyone could take for granted, especially Scarlett.


And even though distance is only measured in airplane rides and hours marked by time that changes and stops and fast-forwards, I wish I could bend it and pull her through it. All of her treatments and surgeries and the pain she has to live with-- I wish we could keep it all a joke. Fake tears and the mascara we smeared across our faces with tap water. I wish life was an endless night of mani pedis and making homemade gangsta videos in dark hotel rooms like a couple of little girls.

I wish it could be that easy.

And I wish everyone everywhere could, like me, wake up tomorrow morning and go home.

GGC

To find out how you can donate money/blood/bone marrow to amazing super-people like Scarlett, click here and here.

13 comments:

lauren | 12:29 AM

i love and miss you both.

you'll come home soon, scar.

Scarlett | 12:35 AM

I love you, Bec. And I wish you could never leave. Or that I could come back with you. One day I'll be back there. And we will eat peaches :)

bitemycookie | 7:04 AM

what about those pedis, bitches? don't send me depressing lipsynched music vids (everybody's looking tres divine, btw, well done hair and makeup), and forget about your toes.

feel good scarlett. bec is a small relief in a big situation. to me she's a big relief in all my miniscule ones. you two make a cute (but kooky) team. glad you have one another. we should all be so wealthy.

BOSSY | 2:32 PM

Best everything Scarlett!

Queen Heather | 4:40 PM

I wish that too. What a great post.

Many prayers Scarlett!

Mom101 | 5:18 PM

Some post. Some trip.

While you're praising everyone's braveness and strength however, may I add yours to the list? This can't be easy.

heather pearson | 9:00 PM

awww you went and visited our best friend scarrrr....

the weirdgirl | 9:14 AM

She sounds like a hell of a girl! And you, too.

Mama Luxe | 11:26 AM

Thank you for sharing this--your friend sounds fabulous and you are beautiful in a very real way.

Without realizing you had put up this post, I tagged you on the same day about charitable causes.

Looks like you had already listed two very important ones in this post.

Anonymous | 2:20 PM

scarlett is so cute. hoping to meet her in NYC one day. she is truly inspirational. ~jjlibra

Domestic Chicky | 4:01 PM

What a perfect day...

Rock the Cradle | 10:09 AM

You are all so fabulous. What a beautiful day!

Lucky Gem | 11:36 AM

Welcome to Memphis. I wish it were on better terms, but St. Jude is awesome! I live in a suburb of Memphis.