I have been saving this post for a while now. I was waiting for just the right time to make it. Today seemed appropriate. The snow is everywhere, my situation remains up in the air with everything in life…. I am not feeling very cheery, things have been rather tough lately. So, today, I am making this post because it makes me think of summer time and birthdays, days lounging on the hot beach sand…. Penny candy and so many other things that fill me with joy and held a special spot in my heart as a child and as a result continue today to hold a special spot.
The Strawberry patch, was originally part of a prestigious girl’s boarding school where rather aristocratic New Englanders with a good deal of money sent their daughters to get a high quality education. Today, it is a little country store, as it has been throughout my life time. They do a lot of special artsy country style things and antiques these days. I love to go there just to look around I find it inspiring. It is like an old box of all kinds of beautiful things inside. I have gone there ever since I was a baby. I used to ride the horse in the front before I could walk. When I got a bit older, my parents would go there to buy me a china doll for every birthday, which I spent by the ocean.
The Strawberry Patch lies in Brewster right along Route 6A. It is full of fun and laughter…. When I see that sign I become a kid again and a light switches on for me. I am home, I am safe, I am comfortable and everything is going to be ok. I feel cheerful, the sun is shining and I am whiling away my time in the old barn looking at the table linens once more…. The Strawberry Patch is one of my happy places, one of those dear memories that lights you up inside like a big old lantern. When times are tough and it is cold outside, I like to go back there and draw on the strength of the sunshine and the laughter and the beautiful artsy country style beauty contained in the Strawberry Patch. And, when I am finished there, I head down Route 6A to the Brewster General Store to pick up some penny candy and then I head back along the road to Sea Pines and head down the hill towards the beach and sand flats… Things are not always easy but it is nice to be able to go back in my mind to these places and to take a moment to feel warm and fuzzy inside.