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50 Latitudes (USA) Feature

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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Wednesday
Apr272011

Wisconsin

At age 62 and being blessed with three Grandsons, ages 6, 5 and 14 months, my Latitudes often include these three, affectionately nicknamed “my favorite people,” or “my treasures.”  (They are my favorite people and my most cherished treasures!)

When I find myself in a stressful situation, usually in the dentist’s chair or doctor’s office waiting to be poked, prodded or humiliated in some fashion, I close my eyes and envision one of these 3 little miracles as an infant, lying on my “gramma pillows” while we’re resting in a recliner.  We’re warm and sleepy.  I’m cradling his little wrapped body in my arm and we’re both covered with a soft “blankie”.  His little head is resting on my shoulder and my chin rubs against his soft head and his fine hair tickles my nose with the best smell ever of a freshly bathed baby!

Sun, sand and water play an important role in two more of my Latitudes which include, not just the beach on a hot, sunny day, but the people I’m with, who are as important as the place I’m at! 

It’s hot in the sun and not much cooler in the shade.  The beach is good “sand castle” building sand and the water is clear and a bit chilly with those first steps, but once submerged is incredibly refreshing - bobbing up and down in water up to my neck, letting that coolness seep deep into my body.

Spending an afternoon at “the lake” with the combined smells of sunscreen and lake water and gasoline from the boats, burning wood from campfires and meals being prepared on barbecue grills, along with the sounds of motor boats and kids splashing and shrieking, “Gramma!  Watch me!” are as much an escape as sitting on the white sands at 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.

My Grand Cayman Latitude is a bit more exotic and includes my sisters, the three of us, experiencing sun, sand, the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean, the fragrance of tropical air and watching and listening to the waves as they reach the shore, appearing to be the fingers of God gently massaging the shoreline. 

These are the places I let my mind take me.  Simple, God given images, memories, events I’m so grateful to have experienced.   

Thanking Him, sharing my troubles with Him, knowing He is with me and cares for me.

These are the greatest elements of my latitudes.  With God in my life, I have joy, I have peace, I have comfort and I have LATITUDES!