Monday, January 15, 2018
Emotion Connected to Place
We all have places that evoke memories, that evoke emotions. Thinking about, seeing images of or revisiting places, brings back the emotional state. It was on the sidewalk in front of the National Archives that I decided my first marriage was over. Walking past there frequently brings back the anger that I felt that day, the sense that I had wasted nearly a decade of my life with someone who shared so little in values or ambitions. Port Huron and the Bluewater bridge will be forever in my memory as the place I stayed the weekend we buried my parents. That is an odd one, there is a little sadness, some rediscovery of family connections, some relief at the end of that journey in life - mixed with the landscape of the Lake Huron lake shore - a very pretty place.
What place do you have an emotional reaction to?
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Too many to list here. Some very odd. Like the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island. Standing and waiting to cross with my sister when I was 11. A police horse stood in front of us. Its tail raised, which I found fascinating. My sister grabbed me and pulled me back just as the horse let loose. Every time I stand at that corner, that moment comes back to me.ReplyDelete
the 30th street amtrak station in philly. union station in washington.ReplyDelete
Mission Beach, San Diego. Fond memories of my father jumping in the water, body surfing while wearing jeans. He loved the water so much. Oh good grief, now I'm tearing up.ReplyDelete
I have many. Key West, Grand Haven MI, Stratford Ontario, the list goes on.ReplyDelete