Monday, February 9, 2015

MY DAYS IN THE FOREST

Ever since I was a small child, I have loved being in the woods. There was no forest in NYC where I spent my first few years, but there was the glorious Central Park and I went every day .



We moved to Florida in 1949 when Sarasota was a bucolic paradise of white sand beaches, fragrant orange groves and acres of woods so far untouched by man. That was not to last.





I spent all my free
time walking in the 
woods and weaving stories in my head. Naturally, I spoke all the dialogue aloud, leading my bewildered
parents to think I was crazy.  And I was a bit strange. 

The small wood sprite in the pictures represents me of course.  I was happy in the woods--I was ecstatic if I was reading a beloved book in the woods while birds sang all around me.  I would have slept there if I could in a small rustic cottage covered with vines, but there was no cottage.  In the coming years those small patches of forest would be destroyed to make room for shopping centers and cramped, ugly cement block houses painted intense lime green or the brightest of pinks.  Tacky motels sprouted neon signs on Highway 41, disturbing the snakes.  But I did not know what was to come--and soon.  I simply wandered through the majestic old trees,  inhaling the stillness.

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  1. I wish I could have seen it then although with a/c and mosquito control.

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    1. No one had air conditioning in those days, but we did have mosquito control. A big truck would come through the country roads exhaling a thick poisonous fog to kill the mosquitoes AND WE KIDS WOULD RUN ALONG BEHIND THE TRUCK AND BREATHE IN THE FOG! And that's why I am crazy to this day.

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