Trainspotting is a brilliant novel by Irvine Welsh set in the heroin junky street slums of Edinburgh in the late 80’s that was made into an equally brilliant movie by Danny Boyle in 1996. I loved the book, but since the movie was filmed in Glasgow, I thought I’d include some cool quotes.
I arrived in Glasgow to a total surprise. Yes, it’s the biggest city in Scotland and has transformed itself into an amazing port city, but the downtown is cool and sparkling and strolling through this architecture as the sun falls down was amazing.
Down past the train station to the Clyde River, I started thinking about Trainspotting and going from one terminal to the next and the transitory nature of life as I bounce from city to city one night sleeping outside or napping in a café to stealing my lunch out the back of a diner to luxurious Five-Star meals and staying in posh hotel suites.
I miss my daughters so much. I miss standing in the soft light of the doorway watching them sleep, this little hummingbird buzz of breath and the fragile almost holy touch of sitting next to them and placing my hand in theirs. I miss building forts in the living room, dancing in pirate costumes , and having tea parties in the grass. I miss kitchen table homework time and standing before the shelves of storybooks at bedtime, the rustle of their pajamas, the smell of scented toothpaste, their little arms reaching around my neck to hug and kiss goodnight. Is all of this worth it? This traveling so far from home?
Walking through Glasgow I pause along the Clyde River beneath the bridge and watch the old men tie off their boats. A woman pushes a shopping cart past. Two men arguing football their hands gesturing in waves of cigarette smoke lingering into my eyes. No one is meant for this world.
I’m going to make it home someday. I have something to live for. I have reasons beyond this time, and they are the ones pushing me onward.