Saturday, March 20, 2010

California Dreamin....

A friend of mine is in California and keeps posting on FB beautiful sunsets and views from her hotel in Santa Monica. I happen to be reading one of her books and once again, I am blown away with how the characters in her book relate to MY LIFE. The emotions, circumstances and connections. Her books are almost ALWAYS centered around a familial setting. She always writes about circustances and relationships that connect with me on such a deep level. The characters are so near and dear to my heart based on the life experiences that I've had. The sisters, the friends, the mothers, the daughters, the neices and the characters who have passed away all seem to connect with events in my own life.
I am blessed to know her and am blessed to call her my friend. I am always amazed at how people are brought into my life.
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Anyway ~ the reason I mention the above is because it brings me to what I am thinking or I should say reminicing this week:

Memories of a life with my Mary ~ in a place in time many years ago!
Long Beach, California...

I love Cali .. I have many young memories of living in Long Beach with my mom, dad & Mary.... We learned to swim there - near the Queen Elizabeth boat. We played hide & seek behind the large palm trees, we played on swings in the sand, we listened to the hippies sing "Kum-ba-yah my Lord" or "Yodeling" with their guitars and braids sitting on their blankets, we watched the California storms, bundled up next to each other in front of the screen door, waiting for it to stop so we could splash in the puddles and make mud pies. Getting in trouble when we stole strawberries from our neighbors yard...

Oh ~ got a lil brother in Long Beach too :) - David Frank! Mary just looooved her lil brother....

I thanked Luanne for bringing those memories alive this week!

1 comment:

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Beautiful memories to cherish, Jen. I visited Mary's grave today and took pics. I will blog about it tomorrow. Love you!

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