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Patty’s Ponderings – Leaving A Place You Love

Long Beach, Washington
Long Beach, Washington (Lyn Topinka, 2005)

It is so hard leaving a place you love. Vacations are meant to relax, revive, and refresh mind, body and soul. Sometimes they also crack open a window to a life you only wish you could lead.

I would adore being a beach dweller on the shoreline of Washington or Oregon. Some cozy coastal burg like Long Beach, or Illwaco, Seaside, or Brookings, would be ideal. Coffee in the morning and drifting into slumber at night to the sounds of the tide rising and falling has been a long time reverie of mine. Once-in-awhile I am blessed to be able to live that dream for a week or two.

We began visiting Long Beach, Washington, when I was a toddler and that is when the love affair started. Even then, it’s somewhat gloomy demeanor suited me. My tendency toward deep contemplation and melancholia are a family trait which runs generations deep and this is the sort of place that mirrors my inner rumination a good deal of the time.

But despite statements to the contrary, I do not hate sunshine! Give me a bright, radiant, sixty-eight degree day on the beach, or a cloudless, shimmering cool fall day here at home and I’m ecstatic. It is the heat, humidity, bugs, weeds, yard work, swimsuits, body guilt and proliferation of screaming, out-of-school, out-of-control kids, which make summer an abomination to me!

But I digress. Yes I love the Northwest seashore, it is a reflection of my soul for reasons I continue to contemplate. Thank goodness I also love Sioux Falls! My family of friends here and the overall engaging disposition of its citizens make it a wonderful place to return to- – to live, to love and to work.

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