Thursday, July 22, 2021

Putting Two and Two Together

 Welcome to Mapping It with Me!

I've still had maps on my mind since reading  You Are Here

And I've had one written piece in this book in particular floating around in my head. 

It's a piece titled "Memory Map" and it caused me to have an Ah-Ha and a Yes! Along with some nods and uh huhs too. Then I put two and two together and figured out why the fire in Alpine County, CA (and Nevada) has been so much on my mind. It's all in my memory map!

Here is that story by Katie Davis:







 This piece of writing really struck a chord for me. The two neighborhoods I lived in as a child are well-mapped in my memory, as is much of The Valley. Areas I traveled over and through again and again, year after year as a young girl. So much so, that a particular building on a particular corner, its door set on an angle, will always be "The Bee Hive" - a beauty supply store where I treated myself to new hair brushes. And another corner, right next to the old La Reina Movie Theater another store which held a record store. The name was not the same as the photo in this link, but I can still recall waiting outside for my friend while holding two ice cream cones, as she went in to get our autographed Lou Rawls photographs! Oh, the hours spent in both of these places...pouring over which record to buy or watching movies, like "Paper Moon", and eating candies (remember 'DOTS'?). Every apartment building and its special features important only to children who wander and play.They call it free range these days. So, the corner church on the end on my block will always be "The Church" where we kids hung out on warm nights and discovered our independence in the summer of 1969. I could tell a million more small stories, mere blips in a crowded memory bank or I could draw my own memory map, but both would only serve me in the end. Some memories are so strong, so much a part of you that to share them is impossible, but to know them is divine. 

As I write this I feel quite connected to the poem/post of mine regarding the poem by Ella Lyon, Where I'm From from so very long ago. It feels so similar that I laugh to myself thinking I am just going in circles all of these years! Ha

If you liked Memory Map by Katie Davis, you may like this one too:

Photo of my Street 

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Anyway, all of these thoughts told me the story of why I'm so bothered by the Tamarack Fire.

The areas on the fire maps bring back so many memories.

This is the road that went to my son's first preschool, sitting in the pines. I sure loved that school experience.

This is the road to Kongsburg, the old mining town where my ex and I would hunt for 'square (headed) nails'.

This is where we'd go to Indian Creek Reservoir for day trips near the picnic tables on the water, to hike (while 8 months pregnant) long, steep trails rising in elevation...up, up, up, or to throw rocks in the water...

Highway 88, where the ranches and the old small white ranch houses lived. 

Places you could easily get down to the river.

The road to the left off HWY 88 that dipped down into a large piece of grassland, a part of someone's ranch.

'Down to Markleeville' where I took my baby son on a hike, just the two of us, photo on timer.

Again, I could go on and on with personal memories only important to me. Not even my son would recall the heart connection of this place. Memory maps. Alpine County will always be these places to me, will always be that time to me.







These photos are fading, the rainbow harder to see...

but the memories and their 'map' will never fade.


May your memory maps provide solace to you in the days of 2021.

May you build new maps each day.

Whatever it is, may you treasure it.

xo

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2021 



15 comments:

Marti said...

Photo of you with your son is so precious...

Although I haven't been to my hometown in over 35 yrs, I can recall streets that we used to walk because my parents never owned a car. We walked to do our grocery shopping, to go to church, to go the Crest Theater for the Sat. matinees. My elementary school was right next door to my home and my high school across the street as was the public library. I don't often take memory trips there but when I do, I can see the gardens and homes as well as the stores that lined those streets as if it were yesterday...

Nancy said...

Marti~ Yes, I've always loved that photo. Look how 'fat' my braid was!!
These fires & reading sent me down memory lane. Plus, I live over the hill from where I grew up, so its easy to be reminded. I bet your memory map, if drawn, would be rich in detail.
Your last words "as if it were yesterday..." - that's the thing about these early memories, they are so fresh!

Mo Crow said...

'California dreamin' The Mamas and the Papas from a long time ago

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

an extremely beautyfully written post...

Nancy said...

Mo~ Ah yes, a very good one!

Grace~ Why thank you!

Deb G said...

On page 60, very interesting book! Love seeing your photos, the softness of age. Maps are very much on my mind now.

Nancy said...

Deb~ Yay! I'm so glad you are enjoying it. Yes, I had many maps in my mind too...drawn in my head very detailed maps of my childhood stomping grounds. I'll be curious to see where it takes you. The photos have truly softened with age.

Liz A said...

your "You are here" post led me to ask my brother and sister-in-law for a map of Shelter Island drawn by my grandfather decades ago ... and now I'm pondering whether to recreate it in stitch or create my own memory map ... because I don't have enough projects in the works already (ha!)

I do love your memory map posts ... and the picture of you is beyond wonderful ... how young we all once were

Nancy said...

Liz~ Ooh...your Grandfather's map!! How exciting...and then your own too! This is why we share here in the circle. So valuable.
Yes, so young, so long ago. xo

Hazel said...

First- great photo of you and baby boy! This was a wonderful read. I love maps- looking at, making, thinking about...mind maps, word maps, how memories are maps of us...all of it. I used to teach a unit about maps that was so much fun, including making up song maps.

Nancy said...

Hazel~ Thanks. Yes, I mostly know this of you...but song maps? Tell us more!!

Liz A said...

and now I'm reading You Are Here and page 102 "A New Yorker's Idea of the USA" had me laughing out loud ... so so true!!!

Nancy said...

Liz~ Hooray! I'm glad you're enjoying the book. Isn't laughing out loud, like truly - not just saying lol - the best?! I found the 'body' maps so fascinating :)

Cam said...

wow, I know that Nancy! Beautiful post, reminds me that we don't know everything about each other...didn't know you loved maps. I find myself drawn to them and wanting to frame them. This post made me feel warm and peaceful and makes me miss you more.

Nancy said...

Cam~ Yes, you do! The me of a million years ago! Also yes, it has come to me over time how much and how little we can know of one another. I found myself wanting to draw maps :) I miss you to pieces,