There is no school today, as it’s a school holiday: the founding of the school. Despite having much to do, I am distracted.
In the absence of air-conditioning, the fan emits this low noise pollution, sucking in organic matter through the window and blowing it and formerly undetected fine white powder from the installation fabric across everything. It clings to every surface and then to my half naked body which moves restlessly from place to place to place. It’s pernicious, this grit. How many cleanings will it take for it to disappear?
I try to make myself feel better: I watch movies, I pick up and drop several projects, I go for a walk, I check out another health club, I look for activities to join, I remember I should eat, etc., but nothing engages me and I just make the circuit of my room over and over again. I feel lost.
Jane’s writing from the TRACK blog grabs my attention:
Each misplaced, forgotten, thrown away, ripped-up, spilled-on, smeared, misstamped, lost and found again later tag still represents one child, one file. We keep finding stray tags now — one at a time, sets of them– unlabeled, unaccounted for. I found a stray tag today next to the door of my apartment, next to the garbage can and the shoes. “Where do you belong, little girl? How did you get here?”
I feel like that lost tag. I am that lost tag.
I am out of place. I am out of time. Despite my best efforts, I am always orphaned and alone and abandoned. Love is a privilege denied me. The losses collect. The white dust is like the grief I can’t wash away.
I know it’s not finished and it’s badly edited, but I don’t know how much longer I can linger on this and stay healthy, so here is my unfinished video gift to Kim Sook Ja and all the other Korean adoptees out there in the world who, despite their best efforts, sing private songs of lamentation when they long to sing for joy:
I hope they have some company, wherever they ended up: someone to take their part and soothe them. This is the best I can do: say I understand the loss and isolation you have felt/feel.
You are not alone.