a sonder file: trunk – v.IV

It’s my favorite blogging Vampire!  Marla Todd takes us on a road trip for this next part of our sondering journey, as she talks about the ideas that we carry with us just in case..

Welcome to the Sonder Files.


August 2015

We’d left Holbrook Arizona that morning and were driving West on highway 58 just past Boron, coming up on the Mojave Space and Air Port.

The discussion centered around landmarks, music and murder. Murder because as I drove and talked I was thinking out the plot of a book. It is a story of a ghost. THE GHOST that I mention in my blog (written under the name Juliette Kings aka Vampire Maman.)

At first he was murdered in a car accident but I don’t have the technical knowledge of cars or poisons to make it work. We pondered several options then my child came up with a bathroom scenario. A frying pan on the head in the shower. A big cast iron frying pan. Then we laughed about how morbid we’d been.

The road through the desert in August seemed to never end. Our conversations stopped and started. I let my sixteen-year-old go uninterrupted in long monologues about music, politics, environmental issues, roller skating, school and life. I love to listen to her talk. I never stop her to interject any dream killing negativity.

We’d come from Albuquerque, where she had been in the Artistic Roller Skating National Championships. She and her partner had won gold. An obscure sport in the United States and now a drive through obscure landscapes. We were headed home to the Sacramento area.

At a rest stop we marveled at a couple of handsome men parked in a truck next to us. We laughed at why two such men were randomly at this place, in the middle of nowhere, at the same time we were. We marvel at just about everything. We’re like that. It makes life interesting.

Charlotte opened the trunk of the car to get to something. There she found a letter.

“This is from your blogger friend. Why is it in the trunk?”

“It just seemed right to bring her with us.”

“She shouldn’t be there. When does she get out?”

“She got out a few weeks ago. She’ll do great. A lot of people are behind her.”

“She did Peace Cat.”

“Yes, she did.”

#peacecat, PeaceCat, Bloggers4Peace, B4Peace, Grayson Queen, Rarasaur

No other questions. We were all on the same page. That night, eight hours later, we arrived home at 2:00 am. Tired but not tired of each other.



I got to know my vampire blog family best, after I went to jail.  I count it as one of the better parts of my journey.  If you haven’t read about their lives– drop on by, undead or not.  {One of the greatest things about life, is how it continues after we are gone.} But before you run off to her place, leave her a little comment here to let her know you’re thankful she sondered. It’s these types of messages that remind us how the key to an interesting and love-filled life is to find interesting things and keep the things and people we love close.  Just, don’t put them in the trunk if they’re real people. Only letters, okay?



  1. For taking Ra with you, I award you one million internet points.
    For knowing where Boron is, I’m doubling it.
    For being awesome… well, that is it’s own reward.
    Thanks for sharing this sonder.

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    1. I’ve been passing signs to Boron my entire life. This was the first time we were close up and personal with the town. Charlotte looked it up online as we drove along and got all the facts. We found it interesting that Boron has a high school. What would it be like to grow up there?

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for your love and friendship with Ra. And thank you so much for following my blog and your friendship.

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  2. Hm, no dead bodies in the trunk? dang it…..better clean out my trunk I guess….

    I read Vampire Mama’s blog all the time. I love how she writes and I love her family. I also love that she took a letter with her.

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    1. You’re making me laugh. No bodies.
      Thank you for saying such nice things. And thanks for dropping by. It is always good to have you visit my odd little world. xoxo
      And it is good to see you here at Ra’s place.

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  3. Lovely! I so enjoyed reading this, but I most enjoyed reading about two things – that you let your teenager talk uninterrupted (that touched my heart – as teenager I would ever have done that, well because it wasn’t safe, and I’d have been interrupted many times) and I most enjoyed reading that she is an Artistic Roller skater! That’s so exciting. I’ve been a huge fan of figure skating for over 30 years so of course I’ve come across Artistic Roller Skating. It’s huge in Italy, and there is a current Italian ice skating pair who used to be national champs in roller. Also Tara Lipinski (Olympic Gold Medal way back about 15 years or so) started in roller.

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    1. Oh my goodness! I was so happy to see your comment. THANK YOU. This summer we watched the World Championships from Cali, Columbia. The European and South American Skaters were sublime. They’d rival anything on ice – with an entirely different set of technical issues. The former US freestyle champion Brittany Princer is our coach’s daughter. I love it when she skates (and she is soooo sweet.)

      On my blog the mantra is always “Talk with your kids. Listen to your kids.” I learn so much from the young people in my life. And like all of us they have stories to tell. And like all of us sometimes they just need to talk. Listening is an act of love. It is also a great form of entertainment. Teens are so FUNNY.

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  4. OMG I love Vampire Maman aka Juliette! And she put your letter in the PERFECT place. I mean what vampire wouldn’t put a letter in a trunk to keep it safe? Makes sense to me. (My own little mini-sonder here about Juliette, her blog today answered a question I had for her about my daughter.) 🙂

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  5. Love that you let your teenage daughter uninterrupted talk time – she won’t realise how precious those moments are until she has her children. Like someone else here I haven’t figured out the idea of sondering but the stories are great. 🙂 Linda

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    1. Thank you. I love being with teens and listening to their thoughts on the world. They have so many good solutions. If our leaders would listen to young people the world with be a much more peaceful and happy place. Of course the funny stories about other kids are priceless.

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    1. Thank you Ra so much for allowing me to be part of this story. I am honored to be part of this wonderful community I stumbled upon four years ago. I had no idea there even was a blogging community here with so many voices and hearts – that I found through you and Peace Cat.

      I thought about you a lot over the past year but I never knew what to say. I just wanted to hold your hand and let you know that we were all there. I treasured your notes. I read every update from Dave and Matt. I wish you’d been on our road trip with us. We laughed so much our sides hurt. Next time the road takes us down your way I’ll let you know.

      Thank you also to all of the other readers for your kind words. xoxox

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