By Sara James
Transplanting Southern roots to southern Africa, Ginger Mauney has earned the reputation of a troop of baboons, unraveled mysteries of lifestyles and dying in an elephant herd, and raised her younger son within the wilds of Etosha nationwide Park. in the course of her profession as a tv journalist, Sara James paid her personal option to hide the warfare in Nicaragua, uncovered slavery in Sudan, plunged to the grave website of the large, yet struggled to stability paintings with marriage and motherhood. notwithstanding the 2 lead doubtless contrary lives, there's a lot they proportion. A place of birth in Richmond, Virginia, an allure to existence at the razor's aspect, and a previous. Now, during this heartfelt memoir, Sara and Ginger alternately narrate the tale in their twenties, thirties, and forties in the course of the lens of a friendship that has spanned hundreds of thousands of miles and greater than thirty years, and display how they dared to reinvent their lives, simply because it appeared that every little thing used to be falling aside.
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Would it fill the gap left by Kevin, the one widened by my life in New York and aggravated by my dalliance with John? Who knew, but at least I had direction and it wasn’t linked to a man. For once, my timing was perfect. After six months of often tough but valuable lessons at Londolozi and a series of letters I exchanged with Sara and her friend Julie, I was on my way to spend a month with Julie’s parents, the filmmakers Jen and Des Bartlett. I packed a few clothes, a notebook, and my going-away present from John, a battered but sharp Nikon FE2, my first camera, in my suitcase.
I love you like a sister. Six seemingly harmless words strung together to create a devastating effect. That was how quickly my heart could break; how fast a bubble full of dreams could be shattered, leaving me lost in the wreckage back on earth. Most of the night I lay on the cold tile floor in the bathroom, afraid that I would vomit. Once I eased back into the room, I crawled into bed. Against the cold, hard sheets, I reached out for Kevin. He took my hand, held it close to his heart. I lay like that for a long time, feeling his heartbeat, listening to the silence, but when I inched closer, he pulled away.
This was it. This was my life now. Dark warehouses and time clocks, humble and humbling. At twentyfive years old, I believed that the best of my life was behind me. I would never love anyone else, and I was unworthy of being loved. For so long I had allowed Kevin’s feelings for me to define me, and now I needed to hear him say that this hell was a temporary state. Alone in my bedroom, I picked up the phone and punched in his home phone number, followed by his calling card number. “We’re sorry. ” The last line I had to him had been canceled.