Los Angeles Daily Life

Yesterday, our daughter shared that the L.A. area was finally drenched with much-needed rain, and then of course came the funny stories. Everyone walking around campus soaking wet because no one owns an umbrella, athletes puddle surfing on the wet practice fields, the freeways coming to a standstill because water was falling from the sky. You get the picture. The thought of rain quenching the parched area inexplicably made me miss the ocean and the balmy breezes of Southern California, and the people who live there who are wise to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds them. And of course hearing from her made me miss her very much, our little firecracker, who when she walks through a room, laughter isn’t far behind.

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    • Thank you, Sally. I’m very worried about the great state of California and the entire Pacific Northwest. I don’t think many people realize how grave the wildfire situation is in that area. I’m praying for a long but gentle El Niรฑo that will soon dump just the right amount of water on the entire West Coast.

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    • Usually, I fell proud that our two children are off following their paths in life, until something reminds me of them and suddenly I feel the void. That’s our role our parents, and we have to stay strong, right? Alright, I’m a wimp. I admit it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Our adult kids both lived away for two years. We are so grateful they both came back to to Calgary. It’s tough to be away from them no matter how much our heads know they are finding their way.

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  • Remenber the good old song “Never rains in Southern California” – the song was great and still are, but no rain for a long time isn’t – have a friend who live in southern Tunisia (“lot of no rain too”) – he and his family once visited us in Alsace actually a rainy week – one night he looked the music CDs of mine when he saw Creedence Clearwater Revival and “Who’ll stop the rain” – then he exclaimed “Not me”… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Excellent captured… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Time for another visit! I’ve got lots to post about our trip to LA last month. Will take me awhile to sort the photos out. Hopefully will give you some fun ideas. You must miss her very much.

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  • Beautiful photo, Elisa.
    A little rain after a dry spell, and the roads screech to a halt here too. And the number of broken umbrellas you’ll see abandoned on the road is almost laughable. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • It never rains in Southern California as the song says, and previously noted in the comments. But, when it does, they seem not to know what is falling from the sky or how to drive (freeway and surface streets).

    About the empty nest feeling, we haven’t experienced it yet. If I had my way, we would live on one big piece of land. They would, of course, have their own home, but we would in walking distance or short drive from ours to theirs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Your missing her shines through even the rain.

    Of course, I am a rain magnet. It certainly rained in California when I was there this summer and everyone commented how weird it was. Nope. It’s just me.

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    • Sometimes I get distracted replying to your nice comments with your Bill Murray head gazing over this way. He is one of my favorite actors/comedians ever, so it’s rather comforting really. And thank you for the nice comment!

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  • Missing my daughters happens all too often. While I heartily encouraged their freedom all their lives, it doesn’t mean their presence is not sorely felt. This upcoming Monday, I have to perform a poetry reading at a University of Hawaii campus. And as fate would have it, the choice of the facilitator is an especially poignant piece written in the PDX airport as I was leaving my youngest after a visit. My only anxiety is that I will doubless end up choked up in tears. Because after all these years, the difficulty of missing her remains. She’s my little firecracker ๐Ÿ˜‰ I feel for you, dear one. xoxo

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    • Sorry for my late reply, and so now I wonder. Did you hang in there or did the tears flow? I find the tears hard to control sometimes. I’m glad you raised a little firecracker too, it’s the bright (and sometimes loud) ones that do well in life!

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      • Oh, I cried. As did one of the other women. Just how I’m wired, I guess. I can’t shut off the visual and kinesthetic parts, which get me going. My words are (always) tied to sensations and images. And those feelings are always with me, though I’m not ‘always raw.’ Only when I must reiterate those especially tender words/feelings. And yes on firecrackers! โค

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  • It was raining in Chicago, as well. But, not many people used their umbrella, as usual. I thought it was the only trend in Mid-West. But, it seems not. I just imagined What LA looked like. Thanks for sharing the post. Feeling fresh by the rain.

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    • I didn’t know you lived in Chicago. Maybe no umbrellas because of the wind? Although I have to say I’ve been there several times and it was never that windy. Maybe a winter thing. Thank you for stopping by, and stay dry!

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      • Summer is gone here. But, the city is always windy. Maybe, when you were here, the wind was gone with someone. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks.

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    • Hi Fred, and thank you! The rain was short lived, I’m afraid. They seem to be adapting to the lack of rain out there, but eventually they are going to need water! Maybe el nรฎno will save the day! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  • What a beautiful heartwarming post, Elisa. Glad LA had some rain at long last.
    All the best for you and the charming cheerful firecracker,
    Dina

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    • Hi Dina, and thank you! More rain is needed (how else will they ever learn to use their umbrellas?) and I do worry about that great state. So many people, so little water! Happy you stopped by!
      Elisa

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    • Hi Meg and thank you! Makes me wonder how your weather is in Virginia. Our turned so dreary suddenly, lots of drizzle. I wish I could send it out west! Take care,and I’ll see you soon on your blog!

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  • She’s in L.A.? That is quite a distance (From Atlanta if I recall?)
    Don’t worry. They eventually come back. Daughter #2 just came back in July from 4 years in the US; and Daughter # 1 (and husband) just came back after a year in London.
    So we’re all back together.
    Have a nice week-end
    Brian

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