|Sunset from Little Round Top ~ Gettysburg, PA|
Photo by Loree Huebner
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A dear friend of mine has always said that she wants to move to Florida. (We’re up here in the Midwest) She has made this statement since we were in high school.
She almost moved down there about 15 years ago, but it didn’t work out. Circumstances did not allow her to make the move there (job) but that never stopped her dreams of Florida. Even though she cannot live there, she has made time to visit Florida often. She keeps a time-share condo down there and visits the ocean as much as she can. She even has a Florida room in her home filled with palms, shells, ocean scenes…etc. My friend now predicts that she will move there when she and her husband retire.
I believe she will eventually move there because Florida is out there…and it constantly beckons to her. She’s hopelessly drawn to it.
I am the same way with Gettysburg, PA. If you read my blog regularly, you’ve seen that I post many pictures of sunsets from Little Round Top, or from some other place on the battlefield. Even before my husband and I became Civil War re-enactors, we made a place in our family room filled with Gettysburg memorabilia he had collected.
My husband had been to Gettysburg many times when he was a child. I had never been there until he took me there early on in our marriage. I had written about Gettysburg before I went. I knew the place like the back of my hand. When I got there, I was in love with this place I had never been before. Everything I had written, especially a story that takes place there during the battle, sprang to life as if I had been living there all my born days!
There is no place on earth that I would rather watch a sunset than from Little Round Top. I’ve seen many sunsets from many different places, (including Florida) but why does this place call to me the way it does?
My hubby feels the same way. We go to Gettysburg as often as we can (we live several states away) to visit and walk the battlefield, but I find myself pining for this place when I am home. I can’t explain why it tugs at my heart. It doesn’t make sense to me…but I someday want to live there.
I’m sure it has to do with the history…my love of it and what took place there. I want to understand it…and live there with it. I hope to make it my home one day.
Do you have a place on earth, other than home, that is calling to you?
I would love to hear from you.
Just between you, me and the gatepost,