Sunday, March 20, 2011

Coming out of my Winter Hibernation (finally)...

I have joined the Blog-o-sphere Think Tank !!
A wonderful group of artists who are blogging each month on a specific topic. The leader of the pack is Andes Cruz: This month's topic is "best childhood/ younger years memory".
I have been thinking and thinking all month
about growing up in Miami in the 70s,
my best friends, my neighborhood...
The ONE best memory is so difficult to come up with.
I have an overall feeling that keeps popping up, it is the feeling of freedom,
just being a kid.
I grew up in South Miami, Florida, part of a family of four. My childhood home was on a beautiful lake.
As a kid I was always outside.
Swimming, riding my bike, making hiding places under trees & lighting mini bon fires at the canal's edge.
I would pack my suit case and climb one of the trees in my yard and just hang out for the day.
Just the feeling of being outside in the sunshine, playing all day is my best childhood memory.

Here is the view from my childhood backyard in Florida....

Now I live in Philadelphia. When I was walking in the Wissahickon Valley Park this week with my dog I felt that feeling again.....the one of being free, in nature. That is when it occurred to me that I try to recreate that feeling
I had as a kid.
As a grown up, I get outside and walk.
I let all of my worries go and just enjoy being.

Photos of the Woods ::

:: Creatives writing this month ::

Andes Cruz:
Kathleen Krucoff
Wendy Kelly:
Stephanie Nocito Clark
Brad Severtson:
Andrea Bell:
Natsuko Hanks:
Shaun Young:
Pal Gooz:
Beth Cyr:


  1. Hi Laura,
    I loved your post, and the photos.
    It IS hard to pick just one... clearly I didn't either - picking one place that I went every summer :)

  2. Gorgeous photos! I always try to recreate that feeling as well... it is a big, huge part of why I now live in the Koots. When I moved here I was really only stopping through, but so much is the same here, even the smells... where I grew up has been so overdeveloped and gentrified, it has lost it's charm... but it is so nice to be able to go back in your mind and relive that freedom.

    I always think of all of Florida as being really busy, but this post has given me a totally different perspective on it! Cheers!

  3. Great post Laura! Loved all your photos too.

    ~ Kathleen Krucoff

  4. After reading through several of this month's posts, it dawned on me how important is nature and outdoors to children. Yet many of us simply forgets this later. Wonderful post and photos!

  5. how lovely! we had herons and mallards (donald and daisy) at our pond too - and some wood ducks (wilbur and charlotte)! and an occasional beaver and other random critters! so fun to get to be around all that growing up.