When you were 17, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a professional hippie. I wanted to perfect the art of meditating and maybe gardening, but that almost sounds too ambitious, too active. At the time, I had a boyfriend who was very precious to me, and he and his family were everything that my family wasn't. They were happy and complicated in a very transparent, appealing way, and they lived in this house that was covered in art, and it was all so refreshing. His mom kept this fairy tale garden in the backyard that was just stonework and ponds and fountains, and there were turtles, and chives that we ate. We sat around in this really beautiful space together, and I just saw myself wanting to do that for a very long time.