Thursday, December 2, 2010

Life in Color-San Francisco Part II

Most cities are, well, sort of grey and black and white.  Even the clothing that people tend to wear in the city is fairly monotone.  It is as if a bit of color would somehow disturb the landscape.  But China Town is a different story.  It exudes a vibrancy which is contagious.  It is full of color and texture and dimension, lots of dimension.  And there is food, lots and lots of food, which adds another wonderful sensory dimension to the already vibrant atmosphere.

And then there are the tchotchkes!  Knickknacks, baubles, trinkets, souvenirs.  So much junk it can make your head spin around like one of those bobble-head critters that some people display on the dashboards of their cars!  Some of it so cute that it makes you actually want to buy it!  And for $1.95, who can resist?

Angel Daughter Number Two finally made it up to the city on Tuesday which made her momma very, very happy.  Right now she is so busy with school and photography that she has very little time to do anything else.  But I am very proud of her.  She is working hard and achieving her dreams.  She is making a name for herself in the photography world and was recently featured in a magazine article about six up and coming artists.  At twenty, she was the youngest individual featured in the article by at least seven years.  So as much as I miss her and wish that I could spend more time with her, I honor her independence.  She is learning to fly.

Angel Daughter Number Three added her own special color to the streets of China Town by wearing her fuzzy kitty hat.

My Girls

As much as I adore the city(I was born and raised in New York city), the sights, the smells, the architecture and even the tchotchkes, it leaves me longing for the place that my spirit feels most at home. For someone who was once a "city girl", I am now much more at home in nature.  I long for the ocean, the mountains, anyplace where I feel as if I can breathe, truly breathe.  And as far as the tchotchkes go, any ephemera, sea glass, unusual stones, dried seaweed branches, shells, anything that I can collect while walking peacefully along a quiet beach, that is enough for me.  Those are my treasures.  Those are the reminders of where my soul mostly longs to be.  Those are the talismans which lead me back to home.

8 comments:

Renee said...

Isn't it true..nature has it's own beauty and I prefer that now to the glitter of a city. When I married my hubby he was definitely country and I was rock and roll...now we both long for the country..or at least space to be nutured by nature.

Sharon said...

What gorgeous colors! One of the best vacations we had as a family was the week between Christmas and New Year's. It's nice to sometimes do something different over a holiday. I think it's easier to live in the country and visit the city. Although I am a city girl at heart and often miss all the going's on, I enjoy the option of quiet where I live.

Tracy said...

I love Angel Daughter Number three's hat! quite cool...glad you had a good time. My husband loves San Francisco but I'm never been, nor do I have a desire to go...I'm more of a 'off the beaten path' kind of girl...

Myrna R. said...

I love the photos. San Francisco is enticing, but I relate to what you say about being most at home in nature. I was raised in New York too. Now I love my desert, my mountains and my space. When I visit New York, I feel a little claustrophobic.

LauraX said...

The vibrant colors of China Town are quite delightful, but like you my deepest joy is in quiet place...where ocean or mountains, trees or meadows meet sky and all meet my heart's center...HOME!

Chag Urim Sameach!

deb said...

your daughters are so radiant!!

I do have a thing for the urban, but am most "at home" in more natural settings, I agree.

I am even feeling a little cramped in our suburban home .


( thank you again for your support. I am certain that all of this will no doubt work out. I am at a place of peace and have more support and encouragement than I know what to do with ;). It doesn't do much good to wish things were different, sigh...

I look forward to catching up here.,.. lots of posts to read, my head is clearer now .

hope your holiday crazy is mostly of the good kind.

Sabi Sunshine said...

Dear Deb

Sorry i've been sick frm last week and didnt do anything...

I am much better now & i missed you too ..

Have a lovely weekend!

Love
Sabi Sunshine

glimpse of my world said...

WHAT A GREAT TIME... THANKS FOR SHARING THE PHOTO'S! hope you are enjoying the holiday...

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