When I was growing up, we moved several times. My favorite place to live as a child was in what was then a little village in East Texas. It’s since grown to be a major community, but I’ve never gone back. I’d rather remember it the way it was.
One summer morning I decided to catch ladybugs. I had just filled a jar when my
mother called me in to rest during the worst of the summer heat. I was just lying down when I saw it. A ladybug crawling along my bedspread. As I hid my jar in my bedclothes, the lid had come off. I spent the rest of my afternoon frantically collecting ladybugs before my mother came back in. Later, I let them all go again, but outside this time.
At night we would collect lightning bugs. I thought it was cruel to let them die, so I would collect them and watch them a moment, then hold my jar up as high as I could and let them fly out, like stars joining the night sky.
Every good thing must end, and one year we left Camelot. My father got a promotion and it took us to the land of palmetto bugs and poisonous snakes. I know things weren’t as perfect as I remember, but it’s a nice memory. A place to return when things get way too complicated or stressful.
When I was in college I wrote a poem about this time with such a special place in my heart.
In glass jars—
Unlidded, of course.
Would be cruel.)
We held our jars high
And pretended they
Dimming as each
Its way out
And flew away.
Hitting each other
Until our mothers,
The flying fur,
Stuck their heads
Yelled yet again,
“I TOLD you
Not to do that!”
Willow trees and
Climbing on rocks.
Sometimes in my mind
I return there
When I need
The quiet energy
Of sheer happiness.
Do you have a special place to which you return in your mind from time to time? Leave a comment below.
Nice post. I grew up on a dairy farm in Northeastern PA, and boy, oh boy, did you bring back some great memories. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I bet those are some wonderful memories. I'm glad my post triggered them. Thanks for your comment, Judy.Delete
I still live in my home state but my heart is always up in the mountains where we would camp..ReplyDelete
Camping in the mountains would be such a great experience. Thanks for your comment.ReplyDelete