Sunday, September 11, 2011
For some reason Autumn makes me feel nostalgic and of all the times of the year it is when I miss the US the most. Today is a rainy cozy day and I was just thinking of the different things about the different places I have lived that I miss...
I miss nothing about my childhood except my grandparents so I will start in my 20's living in Chicago.
...I miss living in Chicago and having access to so many different ethnic neighborhoods and food markets markets. I taught all over the city and would stop in the different markets on different days filling my pantry with interesting and exotic items.
In California I lived amongst the Red Woods and I miss the beauty of the semi arid rainforest. I miss the immensity of the trees and how tiny they made me feel...like a character in a story book. I also miss being around the alternative lifestyles that so many led up there. Eye opening and interesting.
In Minneapolis I miss having a view over Loring Park and seeing Patrick learning to love a "cold" state...even joining in on the news singing Christmas carols. I do not miss all all of the mice in our little old apartment!
I miss taking trips to my grandmothers house in Owatonna and staying for the weekend. I miss my grandparents.
In Stillwater I miss the old house that we owned. I loved my kitchen, the overflowing garden, and the fireplaces. I was surrounded by many friends and lots of love there. I healed many old wounds there and began the peaceful life that I now live. I miss the co op grocery store. I miss road trips up to the North Shore and long lazy vacations up there. I miss the beauty and serenity of the North Woods. I feel that one day I will return there.
In Ashland, Oregon I miss the beauty of the mountain we lived on and the co op grocery store. I miss hunting morel mushrooms in the spring.
I miss some things about the Caribbean too. I miss those perfect days at the beach. I miss the beauty of the views from our veranda. I miss the peaceful private home we lived in with the fruit trees and the monkeys. I miss hearing the wild donkeys braying in the jungle. I do not miss the donkey spiders. (They are basically tarantulas.)
In Tromsø I miss some things too. I miss the beauty of the mountains. I miss the strong sense of community...especially in the winter when it is dark all day and everyone comes out and is really active. I miss seeing all of the boats coming into the port from all different countries. I especially liked that we were the last big stop for the scientists studying the North Pole. Sometimes they would give the public tours of the boats...it was so interesting and they were so good at explaining things.
We will be here in Oslo for a while but I know that there will be things that I miss when we leave. I thought about trying to imagine what they will be but instead I decided to let it be a surprise.
There are lots of things in life to love. I know I missed some things like county fairs, apple orchard and road trips in general. I hope that I am always able to see the good in the places I have been and done. I hope that I am able to live in the moment and enjoy these things while I am living them. I hope that for all of you too.