I only have one link to share today. During my internet browsing I ran across a link to an interactive production called Pine Point. Pine Point was sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada. It is the story of a mining community in the Northwest Territories of Canada - which you can no longer find on a map. I grew up in Hawaii although I had very little family living in the state. My Parents were both from the West Coast - my Father was from Oregon and my Mother was from British Columbia, Canada. I spent all my summers in B.C. from ages 5-15. My 16th summer was the first summer I didn't spend with my Canadian relatives. When I graduated from High School I attended College on the East Coast in a tiny town in Maine. While I was in college I finally applied for dual citizenship - my Canadian relatives are very excited that they no longer have to consider me an American. When I graduated from College I moved back to the Big Island where I bought my house and decided to settle. But honestly, I'm quite restless. I think my time spent in so many places has led to an identity crisis! I'd love to spend a summer and Fall in Maine. I'd love to spend a Spring in British Columbia. I'd love to retreat to the warmth of Hawaii for the winter. My memories of B.C. summers, Maine falls, and gorgeous Hilo days are crystal clear. I spend very little time in my home in Hilo...
The story of Pine Point really struck a chord with me. I've often wondered if all my time spent away from home amplifies my memories. My nostalgia when I'm at sea is an almost tangible thing. I can really understand how the Pine Point community could have such pure memories.
I hope that as I travel, explore and possibly resettle elsewhere my hometown memories stay wonderful.
*I provided a link to the Pine Point memorial - it's definitely worth the time it takes to watch it.