I miss...

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 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 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.
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    Love the blog. What amazing experiences. I am so not that person and I kind of wish I were. I have an addly bad memory so I forget the majority of my experiences, odd huh?! I guess I should take more pictures to help me. You are an inspiration. I travel weekly but rarely take the time I should to appreciate my surroundings. I appreciate you motivating me.
    3289 days ago
    Your blog made me miss many of those things too! It's really interesting that we have crossed many similar places! Describing the redwoods as being like a storybook character really stuck out at me. That was exactly how I felt! While in the Redwoods, I imagined Terabithia, Narnia, and Little Red Riding Hood!
    3300 days ago
    Your blog is wonderful. It is quiet yet moving and I love the things you miss. The simplier things in life and the beauty you have seen each place you have lived.
    3302 days ago
  • LENKA763
    AS I said before I really enjoy reading your I can even relate to lot of things you have mentioned.

    Great way to think and enjoy your life.
    you are worth it!
    3303 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    I too had a thought about places and people in my past...and when I replaced "I miss" with "I really enjoyed" somehow, it brought a smile to my face......After all, it amounts to the same thing
    3303 days ago
    You had a good time while you went along - that's what I told all of my kids to do. Don't spend your life thinking about what's coming, make some memories that you can't lose. Great blog!
    3303 days ago
    Thank you for sharing some of your wonderful memories, Ronna. Your writing is so easy to connect with and you share with such ease. It has inspired me to also take time to remember the places and experiences I have been blessed with. I appreciate your willingness to allow me to go along with you on your journey today. It was a true joy!
    3303 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    What a beautiful blog........I love getting a peek into your life and memories. I also get a geography lesson.

    When I read about the places you've lived I end up googling at least one and this leads from one page to another. Today I learned about Tromsà (what a beautiful place....the mountains are lovely) and the Sami.

    So happy to be your friend.

    Take care and have a great week

    3304 days ago
    It is such a good exercise to look back and dwell on the positives. So often we all do the opposite. ...and as it has been said, I'm sure some day you will look back on all the fond memories of Norway.
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    3304 days ago
    You are an amazing artist, both with words and food. You also have an incredible eye for the beauties in life. I am truly blessed to have you for a friend and sister!
    3304 days ago
    Ronna, you are a beautiful person!
    Not only are you a creative food artist...but you have such a wonderful way with words - you truly are an Artist!
    I so enjoyed reading your blog today. You have lived a life some of us can only read about in books or just imagine. I connect with you when you speak about county fairs and apple orchards and road that just a Minnesota thing? Because those would be things I would miss if I ever left here (MN). How wonderful you have great memories of the places and times you have lived your life in. Love your decision to let Oslo show you it's uniqueness - as it will!
    Thanks for your made me smile and get to know you better!
    3304 days ago
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    I loved this blog. A beautiful reflection.
    3304 days ago
    3304 days ago
    Very interesting blog. What a varied number of places you have lived. You must be a special person to adapt so well to all them. I am very resistant to change- I would not cope well. I am in the Chicago area, where I have been my whole life except for 5 years in New Jersey. Good luck to you, where ever life takes you. emoticon
    3304 days ago
  • ERIN4771
    i see it this way...look at all the great places you have been to in order to create these great memories!! i am more than happy to fed ex a pumpkin to you from our garden (it's the only thing that is growing apparently) but i am not sure the state it would be in when it got to you emoticon .....keep those memories close, especially your grandparents, and remember, you are creating new ones everyday with your own awesome family!! great blog my friend!!!
    3304 days ago
    What a fitting blog on 9/11. We spend so much time looking ahead we forget to appreciate the "Present" that has been given.

    3304 days ago
    I wish you the very best with your life at the present time in Oslo and then with your life in the next destination, where ever that may be! Enjoy your day. Susie emoticon
    3304 days ago
    It is very interesting.
    I hope you get what you wish, although it is difficult.
    Believe and you will be SATISFIED. emoticon
    3304 days ago
    What a lovely blog!

    A celebration of all that life has given you, with wonderful memories and the knowledge that everything you miss is really inside you, and you will have more and more as you go along.

    Finding beauty in whatever surrounds you is a great skill!
    3304 days ago
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