Friday, May 25, 2012

The Collision of People And Places


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Sometimes you are fortunate to find somewhere in this world that holds a special place in your heart; a place you’ll remember for the rest of your life. If you are even luckier still, you’ll be blessed to have people in your life that mean the whole world to you. When these two phenomena collide at precisely the same time, you begin to understand the meaning of “heaven on earth”.
I had such an experience, an intersection.
On my birthday. On Laurito Beach. On the Amalfi Coast. In Italy.
Da Adolfo, Positano
Friends, fun, laughter, and a perfect day on the water.
Spaghetti with clams, thin crisp pizza, fresh whole fish, and white wine with peaches.
Pottery shards washed up onto the beach faster than we could sift through them. They took the shape of sea glass with edges tumbled terracotta.
All nine of us began a collection, looking all afternoon, each proud of our finds and keeping only our favorites. Strangers on the beach joined in because it seemed like fun and came up to me asking, “Do you like this one?”
Telling me to lie down, my friends covered me from head to toe with their brightly colored pieces. They were almost hot to the touch from being in the sun but felt splendid on my body.
As always happens, such good things must end. Yet…
I brought it all and the memory home with me. And put it somewhere else special. Somewhere I could appreciate it all summer long.
We’ll never be able to duplicate this day; this collision of such uniqueness but we made a pact to die trying. I bet we’ll come close, and it may mean more to someone else, but it will never be the same as MY day at Da Adolfo.
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Red Writing Hood: Location, Location, Location
If you choose memoir this week, take us to a location that holds particular meaning for either a particular event or for your life as a whole.
You have 250 words, so make them count!

22 comments:

Lance said...

great pictures

This just feels like an amazing place on paper. I can't imagine how great it is in person.

very creative way with the prompt. Like it a lot.

also, I care what you write/think

Arnebya said...

That is an excellent way to maintain that memory. Very inspired.

Lindy Phippen Smith said...

How cool! I love memories like this! I want to go!

Cathy said...

What a fantastic idea. The white really brings out the colors. :)

Gina said...

Thanks, Lance! It truly is as amazing as it looks but I am very partial to Italy!

Welcome to my nonsense. It's usually not too girlie here but then again, you are surrounded by them so you'll get it.

Thanks for caring. My blog title is for personal motivation.

Gina said...

Thanks, girl! I think about the day/trip every time I step in. It's pretty new-ish to us and the charm not even close to wearing off.

Gina said...

It's one of the best of my life.

Go! It's romantic, beautiful and magical all at the same time. A great couples trip or just for two!

Gina said...

Thanks, Cathy. That is exactly why I picked the white subway tile.

Shelton Keys Dunning said...

Fun! I'm jealous. Truly. What an experience!

Carrie said...

I love how you incorporated your memory into something you will see everyday. How perfect that a day at the beach is immortalized in a shower :)

Gina said...

It really was. My "special" people made it that way for me. I am truly blessed because of them. Thanks for visiting.

Gina said...

It was especially nice today because I wrote about it this morning. Ran out of hot water reminiscing. Thank you for liking my story, Carrie!

TMWHickman said...

What a beautiful way to memorialize a wonderful, precious day!

angela said...

What a lovely trip to share with friends!

The photo is beautiful, and what a great idea of how to keep that day with you. I really enjoyed the description of finding the glass on the beach and having the joy of your group be contagious enough for others to join in as well.

Gina said...

Thanks, Tina. Beautiful, for sure, at least for me!

Gina said...

It was lovely and fun! That day is with me very day in the summer from now on.

The funny thing about the other people was that they were guys. When a group of nine is laughing and having silly fun, it seems like a good idea to join. I would.

a.eye said...

Awesome story! And awesome way to remember such a fun time!

Patricia Lynne said...

Sounds like a magical time. Love the image. So beautiful.

Gina said...

It really was!

Gina said...

Beautiful is an under statement. I'm counting down the days until I can go back!

dontpanic2011 said...

I can feel the love for that moment in time through your writing! This was a great piece that really shows what location can mean!

Gina said...

Thanks so much, Wisper! It truly was that special, the moments and the place!