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Where My Ashes Will Be Placed
Published on Friday, November 2, 2012 by

Day Two, Nablapomada.  I mean… wait, let me copy and paste.  NaBloPoMo.  Oh what the heck… “The November 30-day Writing Challenge thing.”  Yea, that!

The suggested topic?  It’s too easy to pass up.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Corolla, NC.  My mother’s beach house.  It is where my heart lives no matter where I am.  It is my escape.  My calm.  My peace.

My parents built the beach house together in 1980.  Back in the day, there was no light pollution.  There were hardly any visitors and there were plenty of wild horses roaming around the houses.  It was before the “McMansions,” the Wings and the Harris Teeter.

In the evening, the stars were so glorious and close you could reach up and capture them with your bare hands. Indeed, there was no light pollution to wipe away the magic of the night sky.

I have raised my children there.  I almost lost one to a rip current there.  I sat with my mother as we absorbed the fact she had breast cancer there.  I have cried there.  I have laughed there.  I have weathered several rounds of family-shared stomach flu’s there.  I have wondered at twin baby deer, at fox dens filled with kits and at Osprey flying overhead with fish in tow.

Corolla fox

I have been with people I love there that are no longer with me.  I can still see my father fishing on certain days, and still talk to him often.  Outloud.

My mother and children know that when I die, I am to be cremated and sprinkled along the dunes.  Not in the water, but on the dunes.  From there I can watch over my children’s children on the beach, and then theirs, and so on.

Indeed, my heart is never completely with me.  For part of it will always be in Corolla.  The place I long to call home.

corolla, nc

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  • Barb

    I have never been to Corolla but have heard it is beautiful. There is something about the ocean that even with the recent storm… is calming. Where do you find the prompts for this challenge?

  • What a lovely post! Every one should have a place like that but I suspect that most of us would never have the joy of having such a connection to a place. I am so glad that you have one.

  • Mikewj

    This is a beautiful, heartfelt post, Katherine. And one that touches me in a special way, because I live in the mountains but long for the sea. I miss the smell of salt and iodine, the sounds of gulls and surf, the feel of the cool, damp air on my face. I love everything there is about the ocean, most of all its mystery, and vastness.

  • Ron

    What a touching post, Katherine!

    And yes…I can so see and understand WHY this place feels so special for you!

    Love that last photo!


  • Beautiful post, Katherine, absolutely beautiful.. 🙂

  • Beautiful, Katherine. Truly. XOXO

  • This is beautiful, Katherine. I don’t have family history in NC but it’s where my heart is too. There is nothing quite as wonderful as fall to sleep listening to the pounding surf. The ocean is so much more active around Carolina Beach than here. I love it.

  • Mel

    You can always tell when your heart is talking. You know that, right?
    Your posts sing.
    This one sings beautifully.

    I love that last photo.

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