Summer? You’re here? How, how, how, how, how!??
I think the most enduring thing about childhood that absolutely no one ever quite gets over is the loss of summer vaca. Perhaps that’s why people return to school again and again for advanced degrees because we really just can’t get over that feeling of the last bell, the last final, the last class period completion, and the three months stretched out before you of complete and utter timelessness. Because, for some reason, though our lives from birth to death are summed up, surrounded in, and made up of time, we spend our lives fighting time, wanting more, wanting it to rush by faster, sometimes slower, sometimes stopping, sometimes jumping ahead, sometimes leaping back yet always, always struggling against what no one has managed to triumph over.
If you look up the word “insanity,” of course the first thing that comes up is “the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness” BUT, the second thing that comes up is “extreme foolishness or irrationality.” Isn’t there a bit of insanity then in all of us? Isn’t it irrational to fight against a system no one has managed to beat? Isn’t it foolish to wish for things that can’t happen? To pine for things that won’t come sooner, won’t happen slower, and won’t slip by faster? And, don’t we all know this and plough ahead anyway? Wishing, hoping, watching that clock, crossing off calendars, counting, counting, counting?
At the heart of all of this time-insanity I think lies the love for vintage: in vintage clothes, style, and furniture there is a tangible moment of a past time. We can’t go back, we can’t be born sooner, and we can’t reverse our own timeline, but we can put on the facade of a different time and within that facade I think we feel removed from a present we at times don’t much care for. In that time-capsule it feels so wonderfully cozy and we are (for that moment we wear a vintage piece or for the time we rest in a vintage-inspired space), so wonderfully not ourselves.
Elle magazine did a sort of coast to coast vintage store roundup last week just in time for the summer season of road-trippin’. Check out their article here and if you’re near any of these vintage meccas, go check them out! I have my own local love but I would so like to visit all of these gems, you know, if I had the time….
– <3 A.