Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Photo Flashback: Virginia

Friday Photo Flashback

I love this day!

Back when I was 18, shortly after graduating hs, starting college, getting engaged, then dropping out of college I moved to Norfolk, VA.  What can I say, I was a little... to say the least, crazy!  I had wanted to live in VA since I was a freshman in hs and to me it was the bees knees that I had the chance to ACTUALLY do it!  Not too much hesitation from me, I knew I would go back to college so off I went!  Not too long after I was married, and a month after that I was pregnant with my oldest, Austin!  My grandparents came out for a visit about a week after I found out I was pregnant...  bringing the rest of my belongings that I had left behind when I went away from home.

So here I am, all of 19 years and two months old, in front of my very first apartment on Flowerfield Road.  It was a five minute walk from the ocean, a ten minute walk from a wonderous botanical garden, and the perfect place for a dreamer like me to be.  LOCATION I have to say, was probably the best of my "situations" at the time, but like I said, I was a dreamer.  ;-)

I had what I needed and to me that was enough.

This was back when I thought Bob the Builder had all the answers...
"Can we fix it?!...  YES WE CAN!"
(Hey, that sounds like Obama!..  lol, he must have watched Bob a few times himself. :-P)

The tiniest kitchen I've ever known.  It was okay though, I lived off of burritos and cookies.  SUCH a healthy diet for a pregnant young lady.  :-P

The driving range was a wonderful place to let off steam and keep those arms looking tone.

And Virgnia Beach...  just around the corner and over the bridge from where I lived...  One of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  It's not the place for everybody, but when sea shells and the ocean are a couple of your favorite things, oh it hits the spot.  It also helps that I was a wannabe city girl from the very first time I recall seeing a skyline and forward. 
Norfolk: Population 234, 440
VA Beach: Population 433, 746. 
Gotta love those big numbers. 
Forget the fact that I heard gunshots every so often from my apartment...  I didn't care!  Yes, I cared for the people who were being shot at, but I was at home in my heart.

Despite those large numbers and the excitment of the hustle and bustle freeway driving brought...  my favorite places were those that were just mine.  I treasured "magical" moments on walks from my apartment to the Little Creek Branch of the Norfolk Public Library, the quiet of secluded/abandoned beaches... 
These were my favorite things in Virginia, places it was just me and God.

And lucky me, God IS wherever I am Virgnia or not!


He & Me + 3 said...

My husband is from Chesapeake. I lived in Virginia beach, chesapeake, and portsmouth. I love Virginia, but NC is more home to me than even my home here in Michigan. We lived in Wilson, NC for a few years. We miss the beaches of Virginia.
Great flashback.

Erin said...

Oh, I've never been to Virginia (or NC), but I do so miss the beaches of So Cal. Sigh. I loved my first apartment, living on my own, living life as adventure and having that BOb the Builder faith (although, I was doing it long before Bob the Builder came along!). Great vignette to show us how it really was.

Foursons said...

Neat walk down memory lane!

sweet_shelo said...

Lovely photo Flashback there.. Nice beach..

SunflowerMom said...

I long for beach life, too! Must come from living landlocked all of my life. Good for you for following a dream!