Pensacola. That name might not mean much to you. To me it means:
- The most beautiful sand in the world
- Fresh seafood
- The Blue Angels
- a little midget house that will forever be a part of my childhood
I was born in Pensacola. What some may call Lower Alabama I call birthplace. And when I’m actually here I like to call it home. The familial waters run deep here, both maternal and paternal, and the mix is more sweet than salty.
We moved away from Pensacola when I was four. I don’t think you ever lose a love for your birthplace though. There’s some mysterious draw that connects me to this city…even though I couldn’t make my way around to save my life. I have little memories of living here, yet I consider it to be the one of my favorite places in the world.
Perhaps I love it so much because, even though I don’t remember living here I remember well enough visiting again and again throughout the years. I remember my grandmother, Mamaw, had interesting toys for us to play with. Toys like hair spray caps, and tupperware. Along with regular toys those stretched my imagination and forced me to be creative. I remember getting to sleep back to back with her.
I remember most coming down here to visit my cousins, all three around my age. There were crazy golf cart rides; impromptu baseball games where I’d slam the bat into a car (by accident); horribly gross liquid concoctions left out for the would be “bad guy” who would come by the house and take a drink because he just knew it was chocolate milk; a shaving cream balloon fight that left us completely covered and wandering the neighborhood asking for a razor; swimming in the gulf after a hurricane and stumbling across a filing cabinet and headlight in the shallow water; swimming in the gulf and watching the Blue Angels practice maneuvers overhead…
I get approximately two days to enjoy the sand, surf, food and family. And I’m going to be sentimental throughout it all. I wish desperately that I had pictures to show you of my childhood in Pensacola. I may just be able to get a picture of that midget house.
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