Piggy sat comfortably on a rolled towel on a tilted chase lounge in the sun overlooking the splashing and laughing of kids in a pool. Piggy was cloth so wasn’t allowed to get in, but she didn’t mind. She always got a good view because she went with her person everywhere. I’ve spoken about my respect for childhood “lovies” and how you should never throw them out or diminish any child who calls them precious. I have been privileged to sit at a pool side, go to parks, ride in the car, and even share a bedtime story or two with Piggy. It has been my honor.
But I wish to talk about grown up “lovies” and not little cloth ones or the person type. Lovies which we can hold anywhere and at any age and no one will laugh or think you odd…
This past summer my cherished homeward trek to the Sierra Nevada’s was struck with hazardous air, smoke, evacuations, and the worse…fire of the beautiful pines. I was devastated and worried about this place that has been my home for as long as I remember. Adapting was the only choice with my family so we found ourselves overlooking the Pacific Ocean and breathing cleaner air instead of a lake in the mountains during terrible forest fires. Santa Cruz/Capitola had been part of my childhood, and part of my older kid’s childhood, but it had been so long since I’d been there that driving in felt like coming home again; so familiar and comforting. (Something I needed, troubled about the lake and home) Even the salty sea air and fog felt so familiar I became excited as we drove closer to the Boardwalk. It suddenly grew into a menagerie of lovies for me as I allowed myself to be open to new possibilities in a new adapted vacation spot; which really wasn’t all that new. Lovies are soothers. We forget, as adults that we too need healthy emotional soothers, or lovies that we can hold on to when we are feeling lonely, scared, or insecure. I’d like to share a few that were unburied and dusted from the family memory trunk and absolutely adored reviving those tucked away lovies.
1. The Santa Cruz Light House Lovey. I recall in my memory so many times going to this adorable little Light House jetting out from the cliff rocks with the trees frozen in a slant due to winds. As a child we’d watch the surfers, listen to the seals barking, and watch how the moods of the ocean change depending on the weather or attitude of the liquid giant. (I refer to the ocean as a big giant) Sometimes the waves crash so high on the rocks you will get sprayed or you can hike down to the right and walk on the public beach. I felt so warmed and soothed being right there and knowing it was still lighting the night for the boats at sea. The surfers were much younger, but they were still bobbing in the water, legs intertwined with seaweed, waiting for that perfect wave. It was such a soothing moment, I wanted to let the wind wrap around me and let me stay and stay and stay…A lovey for sure!
2. The Big Trees Lovey. The majestic redwood trees near Santa Cruz, in Felton feel like big brothers and sisters to me. I felt so at home walking around “the loop.” I just wanted to sit and hold them close…They are so awe inspiring standing so tall for so long intertwined together. I love these trees and have since I was really really young. They are a bit big to be Piggy, tucked under the arm and carried everywhere but I still felt soothed by them welcoming me home.
3. There is nothing so soothing in summer like driving down the small little hill into the Capitola Village and parking next to the beach. It is the perfect mixture of summer with sun, wind, just enough people, casual atmosphere, bare feet, playing kids, surfers and sea otters popping their head up. The sand is hot, the waves rhythmic, the colorful old cottages along the old river always make me smile. We used to stay in them so long ago. It is a lovey that makes me feel happy and carefree and like a little kid again. I used to come with my own kids before we moved east. The evenings and early morning are the best. Ahhh, another lovey to hold on to.
I only got one hour to check my fragile lake due to dangerous conditions, and I felt so sad as I wait all year to come home there. But I discovered some lovies I hadn’t held for a long time, and it felt soothing and warm. Lovies are everywhere. Just take notice, dust them off and hold them tight.