A trip from September 16, 2006 to September 20, 2006, travelling to Pacific Grove, Monterey
My mother said that Pacific Grove, California was the most … More
My mother said that Pacific Grove, California was the most beautiful place she ever lived in her entire life! Pacific Grove (on Monterey Bay) was where she lived when she was 16. It was her first time back in the United States after living in Germany for a few years as she was an "Army Brat" and she said that she was in awe of the beauty. This very special time in her life was when she fell in love for the first time. It was a year of picnics on the beach with her friends, learning how to surf, and making some of her most treasured lifetime memories.
I remember her telling me how the dwelling that became her family's home was a "surfer shack" on a cliff that overlooked the ocean. Her mother took one look at that "shack", a small house that only needed some TLC, and knew she could make that their home. My mom remembers how she could see out of her bedroom window and get lost just taking in all the beauty that surrounded her.
She has never been back. She wound up going to college in Louisiana and marrying my dad who is from here and had roots here. She stayed here for him and for us (my brother and me).
My mom means the world to me - much more than I could ever express in words! I would like to take her back there so that I can be there with her when she sees it again. I want her to remember all the happy memories she had and share new ones with me, her only daughter.