Libbie the Lobster

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Life From My Window or Lack Thereof

Barely able to reach the window to see outside, I pull myself up with all my strength. A repeated pattern of houses all in a row meet my view with only the door to tell one from another. And trees, every second or third house has a tree in front. It is all the same tree, growing the same height in the same way. Do the people all look the same too, my child mind wonders.

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Fitting just right on the window seat on a cushion made of forest green velvet I watch the snow falling slowly, gently blown by the wind. The long sloping hill is covered with a bright white mantle. I squint in the brightness to see the sheep with their thick wool coats huddled together in the field at the bottom near the shed. The trees, now bare and snow laden make the woods look mysterious. article-2246917-167B19B2000005DC-697_964x636

Leaning on my elbows looking from the second floor bedroom window, I glance at the driveway below. Mine is like every other along the row. Living in little boxes is boring when everyone’s is the same. But there are flowers on my windowsill even though there are none outside. A088-00146_Flower_pot_on_a_window_sill

A parking lot. All I can see is a parking lot. Oh, I know there is a swimming pool over there somewhere behind the fence but all I can see is a parking lot with cars, some old, some new but none are interesting. I wish it was water, all water out there or a field of flowers, but not a parking lot. download

Curled up on the window seat, I can feel the chill come through the old window frame but I love looking out at the city with all of its life, going on in every which way — buses on their regular route but always late, cabs rushing past everything as if there are no traffic laws, horns honking, people shouting or just talking over the noise. But even in the seeming chaos there is order. One rarely sees the sky here. It is a concrete jungle full of life with a few old trees asserting themselves along the sidewalks. philadelphia-city-center

The horn of a cruise ship bellows and wakes me from my slumber. I turn in my bed to see it across the bay and I smile. I feel like I’m on a boat in the water myself since it’s all I can see from here. Sail boats, and yachts sparkle in the sunlight which also dances on the water. EP-140639983

Looking outside at all is difficult. All I see is these four walls . It is lonely here, there’s not much to do even if I could. I wish I could be in those other places, any other place will do. I am forlorn. armoire-in-bedroom

As I sit writing this now, I turn to look out the windows to my left and there the sun is sliding toward the horizon, the day is coming to an end. In the cloudless sky, the sun is brightest now but I cannot close the blinds. I love the light too much. The large windows to my right show me the magnificent Atlantic Ocean in all its glory. The sun is shining on the break of the waves making them bright white in contrast to the slate blue of the incessantly moving sea. The palm trees are swaying in the onshore breeze common to this time of the day. So many windows, so much to see. This is truly home to me. flagler-beach-municipal

As always, thank you for reading and whatever you see from your windows, I hope the view is filled with wonder for you as it is for me.

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The 7th Coolest Small Town in America

Yep, that’s us–Flagler Beach, Florida! We were voted the 7th Coolest Small Town in America! And even more importantly we are the town that made Libbie the Rare Yellow Lobster a star. So what makes us so awesomely cool, you might ask?

We are a beach town community of 4,660 humans on 4.1 square miles,aerial_pier located about halfway between St. Augustine to our North and Daytona to our South.  We have no buildings over three stories (by city ordinance) and no chain stores are allowed. Surprising to most of us, there is a Seven Eleven and one condo building that is several stories high. Mmmmmm…I wonder how that happened.

But here are some of the reasons we are so darn cool–we have bikers, and surfers (although bikers don’t surf and surfers aren’t bikers generally). And we have writers galore and artists, screen play writers, radio personalities, and musicians. Cozy cafes, gift shops, and restaurants abound. We even have a museum and art galleries. Small motels dot the road along the ocean for the tourists who love to visit Flagler Beach. The population ebbs and flows each year as the “snowbirds” come and go. All ages live here in harmony. Some people call us Mayberry By The Sea, but we like knowing what everyone is doing and we come together in amazing ways to help each other in a time of need.

And we have events–big events. The Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic55 was started in Flagler Beach and is now an International event. Tattoos for Pink was started by the owners of Inflicting Beauty Tattoo shop that is helping women with breast cancer receive medical tattooing. The 4th of July fireworks are the best around and every First Friday is a festival in the center of town. Hundreds of motorcycles rumble through our town and stop off at popular places on their way to Daytona for Bike WeekIMG_20141018_143406_201 and Biketoberfest.

Then late at night while the moon is rising over the ocean, or the early morning when the sunrise showers the sky with shades of red and orange, the roar of the ocean waves can be heard. IMG_178502026443750The sound is a reminder of the peaceful power of the sea and all of its wonder. Below the surface is an alien world of such spender, it is hard to fathom. Whales, sea turtles, osprey and sea gulls rule here. A walk on our beach is a touch of heaven.

No wonder we are the 7th coolest town in America, but shhhhhhhh…don’t tell anyone. Then everyone will want to live here.

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