This past week, I journeyed back to Georgia for a Celebration weekend of my Dad's life and did something I had not done in a very long time, I spend some time in the town where I grew up in and realized some things...
Even sleepy, quiet Southern towns change and grow and Pine Mountain, Georgia is no exception. Some things I recognized right off the bat, others I did not remember at all, and most shockingly, there were some that had been added since I left......Isn't weird that we think our childhood haunts will never change?
A bit of my personal history, from the time I was 6 to 13, I lived in Pine Mountain. It was the first place I had lived for over a year and a half. There is a part of me that still considers it home. The years there were ones of my childhood, before teenage rebellion and change started. I have a lot of happy memories of that time....
My Dad was born in Pine Mountain, so his family history is there too... During my childhood years, he worked for Callaway Gardens, which more information and history can be found here, so Callaway became my playground.
Every summer, I LIVED at the Beach...but I guess I better explain how landlocked west central Georgia has a beach. It is a man made lake that they trucked sand in and made beaches on the shore.
|I'm probably the only person to ever capture humidity in a photo...my camera was having a hissy fit and kept fogging up...|
|a view of Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens|
|The WaterSki Pavilion at the Beach|
I bet you are wondering why for a resort named Callaway Gardens, I have not even mentioned the gardens...It's another Child's Memory vs Adult's View thing. The beach was my playground, as a kid, and where if I had my choice I would go. The gardens were for behaving and walking slowly, not so much fun for an adventurous kid. As an adult, however, and especially on HOT, HOT, HUMID days, the garden is where I chose to go...
|for the beautiful colors|
|for the variety|
|The Chapel at Callaway Gardens|
|The amazing stained glass windows|
|and noticed details I had never seen before....|
|Nature was infused into the glass....|
I'm glad I got to go back for a day to get this new view and bring together my Childhood Memories with my View as an Adult. My only regret is that I did not get to see everyone from my memories.....
Appreciating both perspectives..