Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Flickers of Memories

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Nothing ages you quite like going back to a place you haven't seen in fifteen years. I feel like I have lived through multiple lives, the former one being so full of events and memories that have been fuzzed out by the many that happened in the latter. Everywhere I go, I wonder if my little blonde-headed four to eight year old self stepped foot here too.

And, yet, I know that in most cases the answer is 'no'. We lived in Glendowie and so stayed mostly on the other side of the bridge from where I'm residing, on the North Shore. Thus, most of this experience is genuinely new and lovely in all its opportunities for discovery and growth.

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Yesterday, I went to a new place (I think) with some new friends. Muriwai Beach was reminiscent of Hawaii with its black sand, rocky cliffs, and turquoise waves. And, yet, walking along the shore in my sweater, only letting my toes occasionally touch the chilly water, I could have easily been back on the West Coast of the U.S.

I don't mean to break this beautiful scene apart into disparate parts of the world, and dilute its Kiwi-ness. It was genuinely its own, with gannets and surfers in ice-cold water and a mix of palm trees, evergreens, and sheep-speckled hills meeting the shoreline.



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Tonight I'm straddling that fifteen year bridge again. I sit at a kitchen table in a home that is entirely new to me, but has been warmly opened to the role that I'm currently living as a grown woman, a college graduate who has moved away from mum and dad to establish myself (whatever that means, right?). And, yet, I sip a drink that surely passed my lips as a child, a drink that awakens flickers of memories. Milo's milky, chocolaty warmth passes through this ceramic mug onto my cold hands that have aged from chubby and naive to slender and scarred in the course of years.

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5 comments:

santana_n said...

Aaahhh Lael, you do have a special way of touching our hearts and souls through your photographs. Thanks for sharing them with us!

GrantJM said...

I remember Muriwai Beach, so you may have been there following alongside or ahead of me once upon a time.

Dad

Leah said...

I look forward to reading about your adventure in NZ Lael! Thanks for sharing your experience. Leah

Lael said...

Santana_N: Nil, the joy is certainly in the sharing. Thanks so much for your compliments!

GrantJM: Dad, my memory is still blank, but thanks for the info!

Leah: Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! It's been so long!!

Rachael said...

Seems Muriwai Beach was the place we attended a family retreat nearby. We have pictures taken on top of the cliffs we walked along, overlooking the beach...the Hinzs were there with us. The bright blue sky about us in the photos. Both Kiah & Justin in their arm casts. Do you remember those photos?