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Published: August 22nd 2009
Green!!! As we landed I was excited to watch the endless variety of green in the fields, forests, neighborhoods, and lakes below. Summer in Los Angeles is colorful - some neighborhoods filled with grass and tropical plants, others dingy, dusty, brown and yellow. The hills are dry and toasty brown as you drive around the cities. Here there is water all around and the land extremely fertile. My taxi ride was a little long and I got to see a variety of vegetation - trees, fields, yards - all so beautiful. It has been a few years since I've been here in summer. There is such vibrancy and life here at this time of year. Many of my brightest childhood memories are from this time of year, here in this state. I felt nostalgic. I felt that I had a deeper understanding here and a real connection to this land. At the same time, however, I felt overwhelmed and somewhat sad and had to fight back tears. Even though I had not lived in Wisconsin since I was twelve years old, I was home.
It was great to see my grandparents in Milwaukee. They now live in a condo at
the senior center across from the county zoo. They were excited to see me too. At ages 84 and 85 they've slowed down a little bit, but have so many interesting stories to tell. We spent my entire visit talking to each other. I showed them some photos of my travels and they told me stories of theirs. The next day I took them to run some errands and I borrowed their car and drove the two hours up to Appleton, all the way enjoying the scenery, especially the woods, the farms, the red barns and silver silos.
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