Since birth, my Mom has taken me to Amherst Shore, Nova Scotia for the Summer. My Mom’s family is from Nova Scotia, and her family always spent Summers at the shore. Now that I have a family of my own, packing up and heading North has become challenging. Finances and vacation time, limit the frequency of our trips. Thankfully, we can live vicariously through our family and friends via Facebook and various photo-sharing websites. In fact, my cousin Lisa is already at the shore and actively posting pictures. *sigh* Some cousins have all the luck.
Today, I find myself longing for Amherst Shore. (Lisa!) We won’t make it up this year. I feel guilty whining, because I have so much for which to be thankful. Plus, I know my increasingly somber mood stems from Mother Nature’s wicked ways of hacking into hormones. Still, here I am with a headache and feeling sad. [Enter violinist playing a woeful tune.] Now lamenting, I give you my …
– Ode to Amherst Shore –
Amherst Shore, Amherst Shore how I wish I saw you more.
Grateful for the times I’ve been, knowing I’ll return – but when?
Walking, talking, sailing and swimming; the fun was endless, always brimming.
The scent of sweet hay filling the air, hanging out nightly, who cares where.
My first kiss I shared with you, and I truly did not know what to do.
Crushes and loves throughout the Summer, some unrequited, what a bummer.
The Big White Cottage where many stayed, was also the place where many played.
Trivial Pursuit, Bridge, Spades, not darts; Did I hear someone just bid two hearts?
We watched the Northern lights one night; oh what a show – oh what a sight.
Bridge jumping in Northport was fun to watch; and the Tidnish bridge took it up a notch.
Ketchup chips and Craig’s ice cream, while at the Shore we live the dream.
Who won the annual Brown/Christie Games? It’s all in fun; let’s not name names.
Oh Amherst Shore, Oh Amherst Shore, I know we’ll have more trips in store.
Next year we’ll make it, whatever it takes; in the meantime, please send me Jos. Louis snack cakes.
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