"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

Friday, June 10, 2011

What place on earth is calling to you?

Sunset from Little Round Top ~ Gettysburg, PA
Photo by Loree Huebner

*I've fixed my comment window to pop up. This may help some of the Blogger problems that have been occurring with commenting. I hope it helps.*

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, 


Brandi said...

I like Texas. When I was a little girl, I enjoyed reading stories about the Wild West. It's funny because I am more of a city girl. But now I'm all grown up (I think, lol) and married to a Texas man, who happened to live on a farm with cattle when he was little. Go figure :-)

Loree Huebner said...

Brandi: Texas is such an interesting place with tons of history to go along with it. I love how you have such a great connection (hubby) to a place that you like so much. I'm a Wild West fan too! Thanks for stopping by!

Jessica R. Patch said...

I would love to go to India. And I'd also like a little cottage in Rhode Island. We spent a few days there a couple years ago and I want to go back so bad!

Loree Huebner said...

Jessica: YAY it worked! India sounds awesome. I love Indian food and learned how to make several recipes last winter. Thanks for your comments today.

Melissa K Norris said...

I like where I live. Sauk Mt. is literally right outside our window and I'm happiest at home.

That being said, there is something about the hills of North Carolina that taunt me for a visit. My mother's family is from NC and my father actually moved out here when he was 5 from NC. He's never been back, but his memories and stories make me feel connected.

RonJoe 'Geezer' said...

I was born and raised and still live in Southern California and hope to be buried here :-)

BTW, I wish every blogger in the world would use a pop out or full page comment box.

Loree Huebner said...

Melissa: Sounds beautiful where you live.

I've been to the hills of NC too and they are beautiful. Just like I pine for Gburg, when I'm away from home...I miss it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ron: Southern CA is an awesome place! I don't blame you for loving it so much.

I just learned how to make a pop up window...there have been some problems with comment leaving on blogger lately. This seems to be the fix for it.

Thanks for commenting today!

catierhodes said...

Brandi--I'm a Texas native who has never left. I think it does call some people. My cousin, who grew up in the Northeast, came hear and couldn't leave.

The places that call to me: The ocean or the forest. I would love to have a beach house and live there year-around. I doubt I'll ever do this, because I dislike having close neighbors, which leads me to...a cabin in a hundred acre wood. I'd never have to see or deal with my neighbors.

Loree Huebner said...

catierhodes: Welcome here!

Texas is such a unique and facinating place.

Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

troutbirder said...

That did the trick Loree. It was so frustrating to not be able to comment on some of my favorite blogs, such as yours. :)

Loree Huebner said...

troutbirder: Yay! You're back. I was having some of the same blogger troubles and I got a tip from one of my blogger pals on another blog. I'm so glad the pop up window works!!

Julie Musil said...

My friend lives in PA (I'm in CA), and she took me to Gettysburg once when I visited her. It truly is an amazing place, especially when we think of all the history behind it.

My twin 5th graders just spent two school days at Fort Tejon, here in California. It was a living history trip, and they loved it!

Anyway, I actually love where I live in California, but when going on vacation, I gravitate toward warm beaches. *sigh*

Loree Huebner said...

Julie: Beaches are wonderful...California is pretty awesome too.

Shopgirl said...

I live in Cali and I know it's pretty awesome here but I dream of living in Colorado sometimes. I also love the vibe and energy of NY but Gettysburg sounds amazing now.

Loree Huebner said...

Shopgirl: Love Colorado! Been there many times and fall in love with the Rockies each time I go. My sister lives there.

I've also been to NYC, fun place, but I don't think I could live there. Cali is such a nice place to live. Lucky you!

Tana Adams said...

That's so awesome that you and your husband share a wonderful passion. I think for me and my husband it's Kauai. We've spent many vacations there and it always beckons us to come again. *sigh* This is our second year of not going.

Terri Tiffany said...

First, it is good your friend is waiting on Fl..lol... not the place to move here now. I lived a few hours from Gettysburg and loved it as well. We also lived in VA and visited many battlefields there. I love the brick homes and the history.I know someplace else is calling me but I haven't found it yet. I know it isn't Fl but I want to be someplace that has hills and real lakes again:)

Loree Huebner said...

Tana: Kauai sounds beautiful! I've been a lot of places but not Hawaii. I hope to go sometime in the next few years. hint hint hubby Thanks for coming by!

Terri: I do like to go to Florida too...but give me hills and lakes any day. Thanks for stopping in!

Heather Sunseri said...

Beautiful bodies of water and most beaches constantly call to me. For now, I'm okay to appreciate those places from a distance and on vacations. But someday, I hope to call a spot closer to the water home.

Jessica Nelson said...

I live in FL. My husband loves it here, but as a teen we drove through Wyoming and a part of me has always longed for those wide open spaces again. And mountains. ;-)
Thanks for popping by my blog!

Loree Huebner said...

Heather: water and beaches are wonderful! I think you may have hit on something by saying "you're okay to appreciate those places from a distance and on vacations...maybe that's why the call to us...Thanks for commenting.

Jessica: Welcome here! Congrats on your recent success! Ilove FL but have never been through Wyoming. It sounds great! I'll check out some WY pictures online. Thanks for stopping in!

Michelle Teacress said...

I never enjoyed history until I visited VA as an adult. Then history came alive. :)

I don't have just one place that 'calls' to me. It seems we try one place for a while, then feel the urge to try another, then another. At first it bothered me, but I think I'm getting used to it.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Maui! Definitely Maui. Ever since we went for the first time this winter my husband and I and even our girls have wanted to go back!

Loree Huebner said...

Michelle: I never had any place call to me until recently. I can't explain it. Great to hear from you!

Eileen: You and Tana with the Hawaii thing!! I'm going to have to go. I've never been there...(so jealous) I don't know why we never went. I'm going to start planting Hawaii travel stuff around the house for hubby to get a hint. So glad you love it there! Thanks for commenting.