Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pieces of Me

Mashed peas and rattles.
Sucking two fingers.
My stuffed koala.
Velvet flocked wallpaper.
Digging to China.
The intercepted love note to Shauna in Grade Two.
Snakes loose in the house.
Late night sleepovers (running through backyards
when we should have been in bed).
Playing doctor.
Playing Evil Knievel on our bikes.
Parents' divorce.
Meeting relatives in Ireland for the first and last time.
Star Wars.
My grandmother's love.
Putting up with alcoholism.
Putting up with abuse.
Talking the gun from his hand.
Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
Setting my mind free in English lit class.
Falling in love with words.
High school graduation.
London. Rome. Munich. Paris.

God, Paris.

Niagara Falls.
Steamy nights in the back seat.
Acting, stand-up, karaoke, DJ.
Meeting the love of my life.
Car accidents.
Broken bones, broken hearts and mended friendships...

Births and deaths,
Hellos and good byes,
Joy and pain,
Love and sex,
Passion and desire.
Cars and trucks, boats and trains, planes and buses.
Gondolas, tractors, motorcycles, horses and waterskiis.
Fields and lakes.
Rivers and mountains.

I wouldn't give up any of it, because if I did I wouldn't be who I am today.  And I love my life.


  1. I believe I've said this before Barry, but you really should write a book about your life. You are SO talented and have such good, hilarious, and inspiring stories. :)

    PS. I'm sorry for being MIA lately. I was literally at work from 8 a.m. to midnight every single day this past week. It is the nightmare before Christmas. Literally.

  2. Amazing. I love this, Barry.

    Paris :)

    The order seems perfect and pretty logical to me, I don't know why. It amazes how you hit so close to home, from so far away.

    I hope you're not freezing your behind off.

    Much love, Mae.

  3. Nice post. I can identify with lots of things here. It kind of inspires me to write something similar, but I don't want to be a copy-cat

    Word verification: emmuz-the plural of emu

  4. Wonderful list... so this sums up what Barry is all about.

    I saw that you had some rough times too...and those experiences made you stronger. I admire people who considers the negatives as positive part of their lives.

    Kudos to you Barry! I love this "piece of me".

  5. I just came back for a second read. I love this.

  6. Beautiful. I like how you did the age progression. It's got such twists & turns. Love it. Jen is totally right you should write a book! =)

  7. wow barry..loved what you written nt it fun when we look upon life and have those crazt stories and funny memories to laugh at..

    like i always say "good girls seldom make history" it applies on men who wear sexy hats too :)

  8. Wow, wonderful post, it maybe wrong to say this but when I read it I saw a post-it through history. Great pictures!

  9. there's a part of my last post that I have to give you credit for motivating me. I really liked this pieces of you edition Barry. It has moved me.