Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Southern Horizons...

It seems like forever since I've last posted.  It's unusual for me to be gone from the blog so long, but I was on the road and opportunities to get on the internet were scarce.  

We stopped at my parents' house in Orlando on the way to the Best Bead Show in Miami.  It was strange to be back after so long.  I've been away for several years.  It was strange to be back, seeing the forests I once ran through – now shopping malls.  Old haunts and hang outs were now new businesses, unfamiliar and unknown to me.  Being back, was like seeing an old lover after many years.

While everyone was inside unpacking, I took a walk around my parents' property.  I saw the old rusted trucks my father one day intends to restore, I smelled the sticky-sweet fragrance of the night-blooming jasmine, and felt the wind on my face – that same wind with the faint smell of the salt of the sea even though miles from the ocean.  I remember that wind, the one pushing me forward to where I am now, reminding me that the sunshine of my childhood still shines within me where ever I go.

4 comments:

kate mckinnon said...

I missed you while you were off the Tubes.

Janet said...

ohhh Andrew yes I know what you mean!! Childhood the jewels we carry! Are your parents still surrounded by openess? (wondering if its been ruined like so many other places?!)
xx

Andrew Thornton said...

I missed you too, Kate McKinnon!

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Janet!

The neighborhood that my parents live in now has changed a lot. There used to be stables and a lot of horse barns, but that has all changed. There are big mansions now. My parents bought up the land a while ago and we cleared a lot of it by hand. A lot of time and energy went into what it is now today. The land is on a lake and they've got about five acres of property, which is pretty spectacular considering how quickly things have changed there.