Patricia Smiley here…
What place would you miss the most if it was no longer there? This question was recently posed by one of the nightly news shows. I supposed it was a wake-up call meant to personalize the destruction of the earth caused by our poor stewardship of the environment. The query provoked some thought.
I love Los Angeles. Any city that offers a designer cupcake contest and a festival of books that attracts 150,000 people in a single weekend is my kind of place. However, Los Angeles is currently suffering through another drought. To conserve water I replaced my lawn with drought-resistant plants. However, my newly planted flora is at risk because the city just announced that everyone must cut water usage by 15%. More cuts will undoubtedly be needed in the future. If my beautiful new garden has to be sacrificed, I will miss it.
I’m an island girl at heart. I feel at peace with swaying palm trees and turquoise water lapping against the shore. Hawaii. Tahiti. Martinique. If I never felt warm sand sifting through my toes again, I’d be distraught.
Santa Catalina is one of my favorite islands. It is a magical place I never tire of visiting. There are no Holiday Inns, Burger Kings, or Starbucks on the island. In fact, thanks to the Wrigley family who gave 85% of the land to a conservancy charged with protecting it from development, the place is relatively unchanged since the 1920s when movie stars’ yachts anchored in the harbor and the Chicago Cubs trained in the fields below Mt. Ada. It’s difficult for me to fathom a world without Catalina.
I know people who are passionate about Manhattan, London, or Booth Bay. Their place is part of their DNA and they would feel aimless and adrift if it disappeared. Others treasure a clear cold brook cascading down a mountainside and the smell of pine needles on a crisp fall day. Without the mountain lakes and forests of the Cascades, the Andes, or the Alps, their world would be diminished.
What place is so near and dear to your heart and soul that you would miss it if it were no longer there?
P.S. Paul Levine won’t be posting on Tuesday. Last week he told you he would be nursing his lumbago in Tobago but the truth is he flew to Miami to spend Mother’s Day with his mum. Nice try, Paulie, but we know what a softy you are.