Black and White and Blue

by JeffMN ⌂ @, Minneapolis MN USA, Thursday, March 10, 2011, 13:21 (3179 days ago)

We've been back home a week now, and I'm still wrestling with the re-adjustment back to the "real world."

Our time in Zihuatanejo is pretty idealized. No schedules, few stresses, permission to indulge a bit, chances to grow in new ways. But every time we come home, those freedoms get neatly slotted back into our usual routines and expectations; the casual friendships of vacation give way to the true, hard-won kind; and before we know it, life's more or less back to normal.

Still, there's a sort of ache that lingers. At first, I thought it was just a matter of missing that ideal vacation lifestyle. But the more I reflected on it, the more I realized it's a hunger pang. Hunger for the sights, sounds, smells and touch of a place that, for those precious few weeks every year, nourishes my senses in ways few other places can. More than anything, I'm craving the color.

Don't get me wrong; I love home. There's no place I'd rather live. But, as we broke through the overcast on our approach to MSP last Thursday, I could swear the passengers let out a subtle, collective gasp as the flat, grayscale landscape faded into view. Whites, grays…even the "evergreens" looked black.

In the week since, a few more inches of snow have fallen atop the 80 we've already had; the sun has all but refused to shine; and I'm more aware than ever that nine out of ten Minnesotans not only paint their houses white, gray or tan, but wear the darkest, least colorful clothing ever made. And God knows, for most of us, there's no color in our skin.

As a self-identified Mexican in a former life, I'm starving!

But we Minnesotans are, if nothing else, long-suffering. As we do every year, we'll make it through to spring, when we once again partake of our own fleeting feast of color. Until then, here I sit, a glutton for color, stuck somewhere between memory and hope.

So, you lucky vacationers, you expats and especially you native Zihuatanejenses, be aware of the sensory banquet spread out before you every day. Appreciate the colors of nature and culture. And be grateful that you're not as black and white and blue as I.

One Man's Wonder


Black and White and Blue

by Vancouvertony, Thursday, March 10, 2011, 14:09 (3179 days ago) @ JeffMN

You do have a wonderful way with words.....keep them comming amigo.B-)


Black and White and Blue

by Curly! @, Great Pacific Northwet, Thursday, March 10, 2011, 17:09 (3179 days ago) @ JeffMN

Damn, nicely put!