Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Taking to the road
My grandson's birthday is coming up so we're planning a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend for the festivities. It's only been a few weeks since they were here for the holidays but I miss them when they're gone! And then of course when I go to see them I miss the ones that I left behind! What's a grandmother to do?
It's fun traveling during different months of the year because it gives us a chance to see other places during the seasonal changes that I enjoy so much here in East Hampton. Now that we've gotten to know the area in Pennsylvania where my daughter lives, we're pretty comfortable there - and we like the scenery. It's the Brandywine Valley region, which is very historic and quite beautiful. She has a farm right behind her property and she looks out onto the fields where the horses graze, with barns and a farmhouse in view. It reminds me of the back roads in East Hampton when I was growing up, with beautiful farm fields stretching from highway to sea. Those were the days - we can all agree on that!
I long for the East Hampton of my youth sometimes. It was an idyllic place to grow up and more beautiful then than it is now just because it was so undeveloped and life was so simple. I still love it and there's still no other place in the world I would rather be...but it's not the same. So I'll enjoy my weekend in Pennsylvania, driving through acres of farmland so reminiscent of Long Island in the 1950s. It will be a little bit like going home again...