Friday, October 23, 2009

Revelation #6--I Need Sunshine


I grew up in upstate New York, where there were probably 45 days of sunshine all year. The rest were clouded up with some kind of weather or other. Mostly rain or snow. While that led to summer greenness, it also made me long for somewhere else to be where warmth could seep in and sunshine would make me tip my face toward it on a daily basis.

In college, Joni Mitchell's song, "California" would play on an endless track on my stereo. I guess it was my soul speaking to me. "Californ-i-a...Ohhhh, California I'm comin' home." I knew I had to get there somehow.

I moved here when I turned 26 through a lucky twist of fate. That was many years ago. I never looked back. Sure, California has its problems. Traffic, smog, a busted economy. Oh, and earthquakes.

But, hey.

You can't beat the sunshine. It makes me happy.

12 comments:

stregata said...

"you can't beat the sunshine" - I'll drink to that!! While I can't say that we don't have enough sunshine here - I do think that around six months of cold and wet are more that I want. I'm still dreaming of going south - maybe not California; Italy would be a lovely option, though!

clairedulalune said...

Oh, sunshine is good for the soul! I am freezing at the moment and I could use a holiday right about now! Isnt it amazing how life turns out, you were mean't to live there! Hope all is well with you Barbara!

Snap said...

Sunshine on my shoulders (is that right?!!) makes me happy .. song lyrics I don't remember -- but too true!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

We get a lot of sunshine up here in the Great White North, too. Of course, it's winter sunshine, but still . . . .

Renee said...

California is a beautiful place.

I am glad the sun shines everywhere.

Love Renee xoxo

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Isn't it wonderful to know what you want and to have it!!?

Sarah said...

It's good to be where you thrive! I love sunshine..but honestly after 14 years in Scottsdale..I am sunshined out..it can rain every dy and I wouldn't mind..snow too! so glad ya love it there hon!
Love ya, Sarah

Barbara said...

Stregata, Oh, Italy! Now there's a place I could be for a while. And I bet it is cold where you are right now. Still, I'd love to see it someday. :p)

Claire--Yes, I think I was meant to be here. Was I born in the wrong place?? It's weird how that works, isn't it? Hmm...Something for another post...

Snap-- I think that was the late, great John Denver. Loved his songs. They made so many people happy. Hugs!

Debra-- there's nothing more beautiful than sunshine sparkling off the snow. I was in Vermont last winter and it was positively prismatic! Gorgeous!

Bonnie--It's been good to know that I intersected my destiny there and it's also good to stay open to change. You never know what tomorrow will bring...But wherever it goes, there must be sunshine. I don't see a rainforest in my future. :p)

Renee--You're so right about that. Thank God for that. :p) Hope it's shining right now where you are. hugs!

Sarah--I totally understand about Arizona. Hugs!

A Palmer said...

OK so I'm still in Arizona and summer is still my favorite time of the year. Now that the cold is starting creep in I'm whining and whimpering like a lost dog. I want my long days and shorts weather back! California is more moderate for sure, but if you want sunshine, we've got it here baby.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

My whole world turns right side up when the sun shines. I think that is one of the main reasons...lets put it the top reason...that I miss living in Florida. Sun almost every day! Rejuvenates the soul!

Joanne said...

I'm in New England where it's about 50 and raining right now! Sure could use some of that California sunshine sent our way ...

Renee said...

Barbara, I am glad that you know about IBC now and hopefully by you knowing if anyone ever describes something like this, you will know.

Love Renee xoxo