Blast From The Past – Ode To A Playground

We spent a wonderful evening with our friends last night and as we all are from overseas, we sometimes talk about our “motherland” and how we spent our childhood. Moments like those bring up memories and one of them is about a special place I used to spend time at.

I’d like to share a post about it as a Blast From The Past today. Do you have a place like this as well?

Not my spot, but pretty similar to it…

You’re gone. It will never be the same again. The magic I found in you will not return. The timing though could not be better. I wonder why it happened at that moment. Maybe it was meant to be. Maybe it happened so I could let go of you for good as everything was about to change anyway…

I’ve spent many hours sitting with you admiring the moss growing on your roots and imagining that little fairies would live inside and under you. The little creek that was softly flowing past you took my imagination even further. Maybe there would be water fairies too? Would the fairies get along? Would they need little boats too? How would they build their houses? Was the moss enough for them to keep warm? Were they hiding in pine cones?

I was a child. A child that took her horse for a ride and stopped on a regular base next to you to let the horse have a drink. Then I decided to actually stop and have a snack and let my imagination run wild. I child that picked up pine cones, pretending they were little forest people. A child that collected sticks to build little shelters for the pine cone people. A child that was looking forward to return, smell the fresh forest air, listen to the splish splash of the creek, watching sticks float by, caressing her horse while telling the forest people story to the beautiful mare. A child that eventually turned into a teenager, who still loved to escape the real world on her rides and take a breather, sitting on the cool moss, smelling the moss, the soil, the forest. A teenager that turned into a young adult, enjoying to take a break at that very spot and let the mind wander.

You provided me with many beautiful days. Hot summer days were spent in the shade of your branches. Crisp fall days were equally enjoyed. In winter though you were off limits as there was just no way to get to you. Every spring I was wondering if you would still look the same or if nature would have changed something. Of course you changed slightly. The loss of a branch, a new created little arm of the creek. They were small changes. What didn’t change was the calm you gave me. The little escape from whatever was going on in my life. The energy I found back to after taking a break under the branches.

I still visited you after growing up, even after losing my horse. And I was hoping for many moments spent admiring you with my children. But it was not meant to be.

We decided to move to Australia but that was not the biggest change. Nature changed. It changed everything.

It was a huge storm. A lot of rain. And the river that fed the creek carried too much water and too much debris to be handled. There was a massive flood that changed the entire area you grew in. Months after the storm, when it was safe to return and things were kind of cleaned up everything looked different. Gone was the creek. Gone was the gentle river bank. Gone were you.

Gone was my childhood.

It seemed like a clear end to a chapter of my life. It seemed like a sign that it was time to move on.

The interesting thing is that this area was what I would have missed the most. Now it’s no longer there. As much as I felt sad for it to be gone, it helped me to let go of what would no longer be there. My childhood, my horse and my life in Switzerland.

The memories though will stay with me forever.

Inspired by the Daily Post Daily Prompt – Ode To A Playground

Tell Me Something Good #59

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So let’s do this. Let’s kick off this week with a positive thought. By sharing something good, something that made you happy or you are looking forward to .

It’s easy:

  • Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
  • Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
  • Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Before I share my good thing how about we get a tiny little bit excited? Common, I know you can do better 🙂 Be excited! About you and what you do! Because you are exciting! Just one more round! Yes! Can you feel the excitement? Yes? Good! Be excited! The week will have so much good for you in store!

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Now just keep the excitement going! No need to stop here.

And here is what I’d like to share with you today:

“I have basically not seen my children all weekend. Weird to mention this here? Not really. I have not seen them because they have spend all of their free time with their friends. And they had a blast. I love their friends. Because they bring out the best in my children and they all act age appropriate. They can be who they are. Nothing beats having two happy children at the end of the day, telling you about the amazing time they had with their friends.”

Blast From The Past – Just a Memory

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Just about a year ago we were getting ready for our visit in Switzerland. It was only our 3 time of heading back there since we moved to Australia. Although my Dad was suffering from dementia for a while and was already in his 90’s little did I know then that by the time I would travel back he would have been gone forever.

As the anniversary of his passing is getting closer lots of memories come to my mind and while I watched one of the big seagulls fly by today I remembered my encounter with an eagle once again. I shared the story with you before so I will just bring it up as a Blast From The Past. I have to say again though, how the sound, that swoosh of the eagles wings when cutting through the air still comes up when I think back… Some things you just don’t forget. No matter how much time passes by…

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What A Difference

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Amazing how different my kids grow up to me. We have spent the day yesterday on the beach and will head back with them later today for a dinner picnic.

Spending time on the beach was something really special for me when growing up. But then I guess we had the mountains and the snow right in front of the door and maybe we somehow got used to that. I wonder if my kids get used to the beach too…

It kind of felt unreal yesterday, just heading to the beach quickly, just for the afternoon. The realization that I can just come back whenever I want to. No plane rides involved. Just for a picnic for dinner…

I guess that is what you get, when moving from Switzerland to Australia 😉