September 2, 2010

a sentimental morning.

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I look out my window and feel surprised that it isn't San Diego staring back at me. Where is the ocean? The salty air? The sound of the seagulls? I rub my eyes, look again, and remember: Oh, right, I think. I moved back to Chicago.

It's been over a year now since I left California, but there's a piece of me---some little corner of my subconscious---that still expects to roll over in the morning and find coconuts hanging on the palm tree just outside my window... Instead, of course, I find rows and rows of brownstones lining my street. 

And sometimes, like today, I'm crestfallen. 

Because I miss that wake-up-to-the-ocean-air thing.
And the palm-trees-outside-my-window thing.
Oh, and the sand-in-my-shoes thing, too.


Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

I miss France. The smell of warm hot chocolate, fresh fromage, and the smell of the crisp green hills that surround the little town where my husband's family lives. <3 Sending you a sweet ole hug! xo

Tamara Nicole said... [Reply to comment]

Cute post! Hmmm I miss travelling Europe . . . waking up and having a million fun things to explore, and new food to try;-)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Aw, nostalgia is s funny thing. Something about the autumn in general makes me nostalgic for being a kid again.

DT said... [Reply to comment]

I miss my home, I miss the place where I studied, I miss all those places where I had been with my boyfriend. Now I am so far from everything. Hoping to go back soon!

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

Ocean? Salty air? And seagulls? I want that outside my window too!! Too bad I live in MN :-(

Wild and Precious said... [Reply to comment]

i've been so nostalgic about college this past week... i've been missing a lot about it.

shelly said... [Reply to comment]

that's funny bc i always feel nostalgic about CHICAGO :) especially this time of year...i miss the fall so, so much. (i live in florida now)

Mocha Mornings said... [Reply to comment]

This will sound crazy, but I get nostalgic over things that haven't even happened yet. Sometimes I have to remind myself to live in the moment.

Waking up to waves and coconuts outside your window sounds so calming, but I'm sure there are charming things to adore about Chicago, as well. Love this post!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said... [Reply to comment]

all the freakin' time. it's such a strong emotion. hugs!

bicocacolors said... [Reply to comment]

I just found a treasure!!!!
Greetings from Spain

~Abby~ said... [Reply to comment]

I would definitely miss that too if I ever had to make the transition from CA to Chicago! Agh I can't even imagine!


Kayla said... [Reply to comment]

I feel like that a lot. For me it's something about this time of year. Hang in there!

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

Paislea Elyse said... [Reply to comment]

i'm loving this. the picture. and everything!

Larissa Wunder said... [Reply to comment]

i miss the feeling of waking up in my grandmas house.
I think nostalgia is good, but the present is always more important.
And I totally understand your feeling.
I miss the ocean, too, altough I never lived at it!

DUNNWONG said... [Reply to comment]

I know exactly what you mean!

I miss Scotland everyday-feeling the uneven cobblestones under my feet, the sounds of a distant bagpiper, and waking up to a misty morning :)