Harley likes to spend Sundays hiking. Sometimes she has a buddy to go with, but a lot of the time she goes alone. It gives her time to think and not talk.
She likes to stop along the creek bed and sit on a rock, watching the water swirl into little eddies. If it wasn't so cold, she'd contemplate taking off her sock and shoes and wading in.
She's struggling internally a little bit today. She is trying to be okay on her own, but sometimes she really wishes she had a partner. Her mother is pushing her to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, but Harley doesn't want to. He was too impressed with money for her taste, and always felt out of place with him. She's wondering if there will ever be a good match for her. She hasn't met a boy she's felt a real connection with since her senior year of high school and she's now a sophmore in college. She's starting to wonder if it's her, if she should try harder to fit in with everyone else. But at the same time, she knows no matter how hard she tries, she won't fit. It's just not who she is.
She doesn't tell anyone this, not anyone, but her real goal in life is have a family. She wants to get married and have kids and be a stay at home mom. But it's such a throw back and so not in alignment with her feminist ideas, she doesn't dare to say it out loud. She also is trying to escape the craziness of her own family and find normalcy, but she's not sure what it looks like.