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The 50 Latitudes Feature will showcase Latitudes from a resident of each US state in their own words to illustrate that despite age, sex, location, or occupation, every living being on the planet has a favorite Latitude.  A person's favorite Latitude is not restricted to their home state.

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Tuesday
Mar152011

Massachusetts

My Latitude is Chatham, MA, or more specifically, Lighthouse beach in Chatham, MA. 

It's 4pm in late July and most of the tourist crowd has cleared out by now.  I am sitting on the beach in one of our old, rickety beach chairs, reading a book (usually a recent John Grisham or Jodi Picault because what else is summer for?).

My toes are nestling in a hole I carved out in the sand, the waves splashing over them occasionally.  My face is a little burned after spending all day outside, but after spending the week never seeing sunlight, it is much needed.  I have a Dartmouth sweatshirt on over my bathing suit and am sporting my old-fashioned sorority sunglasses that have recently come back in vogue.

My mom is sitting next to me and we make small talk occasionally, sometimes reaching for our diet cokes in tandem and laughing about how lucky we are.  My little brother is somewhere nearby, off shamelessly flirting with a pack of tan blonds- only a sophomore in college and already breaking hearts.  Luckily, he still acknowledges my presence and always asks for my approval before taking a girl out.

My dad is not here...  He left at noon after about an hour of sitting in a chair, in all his clothes, on a towel, on a blanket.  Heaven forbid any part of him ever touches the sand. His beach tolerance is limited to an hour, maybe two at max.  All is well though, he is out on the golf course, probably playing his third round of the day. He is going to get home and complain to the dogs about how much his hips hurt, but at least it was worth it.

Ever since I can remember, I grew up coming to Chatham every single weekend in the summer, and then on all the big holidays.  Our house on 54 Crow's Pond Rd is a family meeting ground of sorts.  There is never a quiet or dull moment, and we are never, ever short of both familiar and unfamiliar cars in the driveway.

The house belonged to my grandfather and grandmother, and they graciously offered to share it with their kids, grandkids, extended family, and neighbors.  Most of my childhood memories are from Chatham, the beach, and that house. 

Building forts in the basement with my cousins, going for walks around the neighborhood with our three goldens, going tubing and waterskiing and wake boarding for hours on end, golfing with the family, famous and oftentimes infamous birthday parties, to only name a few.

I don't think I could ever find a more peaceful, picturesque place than Chatham in the summertime.

There is nothing like watching a late summer sunset and feeling the cool ocean breeze sweeping across your face at the end of a long day.