November 07, 2006

Can't forget


I've been blessed to travel to lots of places. In this country and out of it. And it's crazy. I get on a plane and step off in a place that I've only seen in pictures. Those pictures were usually what drew me to that place. Images burned in my memory that called me to come and see. Then I get there and see it in living/breathing/life. It usually gives me chills. I have to take a second to catch my breath and realize that I'm not closing my eyes and imagining that I'm there. I take a deep breath and drink in every piece of my surroundings.
Some of those places are a little different. I realize while I'm there that this place is unusual. The sights are amazing, just like I thought they would be. But there is something more. It's almost like a part of me had been living in the place all along. I feel like it's welcoming me. It feels familiar. Like I had been there before and made myself at home.
Hawaii, Prince Edward Island, Paris and Seattle have felt that way to me. When I came home, I couldn't get them out of my head. I could still smell them and feel them and imagine walking through the pictures I had taken. I wanted to go back the second I left. I think about them so often.
California was the same way. I miss it. I miss the sun, the palm trees, the sunsets, the warm breezes. I imagine living there at least once a day. The picture above is my screen saver. When it pops up, I always pause and stare at it for a couple seconds. I'm ready to go back. now.....

1 comment:

stephanie said...

AMEN SISTER!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! California STILL feels like HOME to me! I desperately want to make it my home permenantly- but the other half disagrees!!!!!!!!! He says we haven't seen enough of the country to decide and even then we don't have enough money to live there.....

a big part of me says i could live in a shack and be perfectly happy there! well, at least i DID get to live there for 5 1/2 yrs....that's more than many people get right? i should be happy with that...but it makes leaving ALL THE MORE DIFFICULT!

glad you loved it like i did :) i wish you could have visited when i lived there- you would have loved where we lived :)