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You can't go home again...

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of visiting my grandparents at their home in northern AZ.  I remember the house and the animals and the feeling of cuddling up to my grandfather on the couch while he watched tv.  I remember getting giant drinks at the Circle K and Blizzards at Dairy Queen.  I remember driving for miles and miles over empty roads and giggling every time we crossed a cattle guard.  I remember looking way out over the sprawling landscape to see the blinking light of the smokestacks from the power plant where my grandfather worked.  I was in elementary school when my grandparents moved back east, but those memories of Arizona have always stuck with me with an unusual clarity. 

Since I'm in AZ for the month, I decided to revisit those places that I hadn't seen in over 20 years.  It was weird.  As I came over the hill and saw the power plant in the distance I was hit by a wave of recognition and nostalgia.  The Circle K is still on the corner across from Arby's and the Dairy Queen is still there.  The little town is still sleepy as ever, nestled in the folds of the White Mountains.  But the house is gone.  Or if it's still there it's unrecognizable.  As much as things stay the same, they always change.  Memory itself is changed by the remembering.  I was glad to go back, to see it again.  I got a Blizzard on my way out of town.



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Apr. 18th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
Still loving your little chronicles of your adventure. How great to be able to combine something entirely new...the work you're doing...with a trip down a v.happy memory lane.

You do have a talent for descriptive writing that captures immediately, for your reader, exactly what you're seeing and the feelings that it evokes within you!

I still envy you the openness of the land and the wonderful landscapes that you are part of for this month.

Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading, and for your kind words. I'm glad I can share the experience in some small way. :-)
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