Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.
The title of this post, is the first line of an old Beatles ballad that I love … «In My Life». All the time I was writing up that post about ‘hiraeth‘ the other day, that song was humming in my head.
The place in this photo — that I’ve shamefully ‘snagged’ from Google Streetview — is one of the places I remember. My Mum had an old friend who owned a summer camp there. It’s probably, at least 80 kilometres from where we lived, my mum didn’t have a car, so when I turned eighteen and got my own car, we went there to visit. This place totally stuck in my mind, and as the years went by … in my imagination it became even prettier than it was in real life — I kept thinking of it as heaven on earth … the cottage included! Even the name of the place was beautiful — Junibosand — the cottage was red, with a white picket fence and an old pump in the garden.
After about twenty years, I went back there for the first time. Perhaps the weather added to it … it was rather miserable … but also my memory had played games with me. It was pretty alright, but not as I remembered it. I may go back there now when I go back in June … just to see how I feel about it now 🙂
Another place I revisited in 2011 was a town where I lived between the years 1984 and 1987. In hindsight, I don’t know why I wanted to go there because I had no fond memories of the place or the time period … quite the opposite. To walk around the downtown area … looking up at the building where I’d lived, just brought on a kind of sadness. I tried hard to remember something positive about that time but couldn’t come up with anything. I learned a lot, though, and that in itself is a good thing, I guess.