May 3, 2011

a golden glow and a pledge.

During my years in San Diego, I was always looking out for the sunsets.

Some nights, I'd be driving home from class, passing over the bridge into Mission Beach, and heading straight toward the ocean, toward a watercolor sky of faded pinks and violets. Other nights, the girls and I would watch the sun dip into the horizon while we ate dinner on our rooftop patio. And then, of course, there were the nights we'd sit on the boardwalk ledge, our toes barely touching the sand, repeating over and over again: I can't believe we live here. I can't believe this is home. So beautiful.

For four years, California sunsets took my breath away. Reminded me that I live in a stunning, magnificent world. And for whatever reason, as soon as I moved back to Chicago, I stopped sharing my nights with the sun. Sure, the painting-worthy sunsets aren't quite as common during the city's winter months--but now that it's warmer, now that summer's just around the corner, I'm finding skies like this when I sit on our balcony. 

And so I've made a pledge to myself--to watch as many Chicago sunsets as I can. Because it's true that we're not a city known for our sky (just our skyscrapers). But a sunset is a sunset, and there's just something about a glowing, golden scene that gives you pause.

(Photo: My Flickr)

11 comments:

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

Sunsets are incredible. :) just last nighti was blown away by one. I'm excited to live in Tucson Arizona later this year because they're known for having incredible sunsets and stars.

Ana* said... [Reply to comment]

sunsets are refreshing, there's something so calming, warm, and relaxing about them.

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful words, and a beautiful picture!
I love sunsets too. Whenever I see one I always take the time to admire it.

Rissy said... [Reply to comment]

aww I love a good sunset.

Guess people more commonly associate sunsets with the beach than the city!

And I just got excited because my brother and sister in law are moving to SD in less than a month!!! I may be a frequent house guest ; )

CarissaExplainsItAll

Aerides Designs said... [Reply to comment]

I'm on the East Coast of Florida, so we're more known for scenic sunrises than sunsets.. but of course we still get those beautiful colors as the sun meets the horizon. Lovely picture!

PhotoPuddle said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that is a beautiful sky! Great photo!

Caiti said... [Reply to comment]

I love this post! One of my favorite memories of growing up, was sitting on the curb with my brother while we ate our drumsticks watching the sunsets after dinner...tonight, I think I will watch the sunset :)

Caitlin said... [Reply to comment]

Laura, I love your blog! Thanks for all of the inspiration, you always were such a great writer. :)
Hope things are going well for you! It sure looks that way.

The Many Colours of Happiness said... [Reply to comment]

This post was lovely!! I never sit out and watch sunsets, even though I love them. You have reminded me how important it is to do this and remember how lucky we are :)

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said... [Reply to comment]

sunsets are the best. when i was in college, there were plenty of lovely scenic stops along the drive for sunset watching. i would pull over sometimes just to take a picture. yes. i'm a nerd :).

hope you're having a lovely week!

christine donee said... [Reply to comment]

I live in LA.. and I constantly find myself rushing to some sort of lookout point to watch a gorgeous pink sky fade..

I don't think I'll ever get enough california sunsets. Ever.