Tunnels of Love

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“Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground.” — Francesca Lia Block

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I’ve been drawn to tunnels since I was age eight or so, when I first read of giant insects  tunneling their sweet way through a magical peach in James and the Giant Peach. I’ve always been repelled by them too, though, by the claustrophobia, the entry into the unknown, the darkness, and maybe even those same giant insects from James and the Giant Peach.

tunnel quotationIn Greece, we walked back to our hotel in waning light after lingering in downtown Athens to view the Parthenon at night. There was a taxi strike, so we had to walk into the darkness. It was only a mile, but to get to our hotel, we had to go by a creepy patch of not-so-family-friendly strip clubs and cross the highway through an underground tunnel. By the time I crossed the threshold, my anxiety had ratcheted up plenty, fearful of any people (or giant insects) who might be lurking down there.

What I found, though, was a brightly lit space filled with cheerful graffiti.

For me, tunnels capture the conundrum of having my fear of the unknown right smack alongside my love of adventure.

How do you feel about tunnels?

P.S. Here’s a peek at me as a zombie in a tunnel. Good times.

Tunnel strip

MultiMEDIA Splice #2: Tunnel

Bloggers: Welcome to the second week of a new link party, MultiMEDIA Splice. Please join me by linking up a multimedia post on this week’s theme: Tunnel.

(Next week’s theme: Ruins)

Thanks to Jon for linking up last week with his fascinating post on Meat in China (肉).

How to link up:

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  • Then link up your post by clicking “Add your link” below. (Link up every Sunday.)
  • One more thing: Please don’t link and run! Try to visit and comment on a few blogs that link up.

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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4 Responses to Tunnels of Love

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  2. Jon M says:

    Great post! Ever since I was a kid, I have always been thrilled with tunnels. Riding through them was always fun. The Merit Parkway tunnel under West Rock was like a treat. At the same time, I agree they can produce some serious anxiety. I’m tall, so whenever I walk through a cramped, dark tunnel I always imagine what is inside, ready to drop on my head.
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks, Jon. I call that tunnel the “puppy tunnel” because of a family story of my dad waiting there with a bunch of puppies, and my mom was supposed to pick him up, but she went to the wrong tunnel.

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