a new chapter…

May 12, 2011

Well, it’s official. I have a new blog.

I’m not going to go into a big introduction, because if you’re reading this, you probably already know who I am. And anyway, I already filled up the About Me section with a lot of rambling about…me (I know, how ironic).

I like blogging. It’s fun. I’m not very consistent at it, though. And often I don’t have a lot of time for it. But a few days ago, while Skyping with my lovely fiancé, Saleh (pronounced Sah-luh, not Suh-lee, or Suh-lay), he sent me a link to an old blog that I kept a couple years ago.

“Why don’t you write like this anymore?” he asked. “You should.”

I went back and read the blog he directed me to, and I remembered that I liked writing it. I realized that I missed writing it. So…I’m writing like that again. At least, I’m going to try; I’m a pretty busy bee.

But it’s actually a really good time to start a new blog. Because in three days (oh, my god, three days!), I’m going to China for three weeks, with two of my fantastic colleagues and five undergraduates. We’re going to Xiguan Experimental Primary School in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, to be very precise. We’ll also be visiting Beijing and Hong Kong. In short, lots of very exciting things are happening this year, and so I definitely should be blogging it, if only for it to become something that Saleh can refer to a couple years from now when he asks me, “Why don’t you write like this anymore? You should.”

I’ll try to do better this time.

The name of my blog, The Same Rainbow’s End, is a lyric from a song that I love very much: “Moon River.” Yes, the Andy Williams song. But it wasn’t originally an Andy Williams song. The song was composed by an incomparable duo: the lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer, and the music was written by Henry Mancini. The song was originally sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one of my all-time favorite movies.

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

It’s a song that speaks to my soul.

When I told Saleh what the title of my blog would be, he said, “Where did you get that?”

I replied, “From ‘Moon River.'”

He said, “Oh, my huckleberry friend.”

Yep. It’s perfect.

Bloggy dearest, I shall try not to abandon you.

hijab me

Look out, world.

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