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We sometimes associate certain places with a specific event in our lives. Behold such great childhood memories that never fade.

We sometimes associate certain places with a specific event in our lives. Behold such great childhood memories that never fade.

There are places I’ll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone, and some remain

– The Beatles




My childhood home was something to behold

Surrounded by nothing other than nature

Tall evergreens in every direction

They swayed and bowed in the cooling winds

Provided shade for us in the heat of the day

And shelter from a sudden downpour

Born and raised in Forest Lake

I was unaware that everyone didn’t have

The luxury of being surrounded by such beauty

Every day I woke to beautiful friends who

Happened to also be trees

I would bow or curtsy as I walked or rode by

And when the wind would howl

They would return the kind gesture

Bowing to me as if saying hello

I moved away to college where I was

Surrounded by rolling hills

Not as many trees to admire

But never-ending ground to explore

I then was married and had the unexpected

The pleasure of being surrounded by a lake

Not just any lake, the lake of all lakes

Lake Minnetonka glistened like diamonds

During the day and sparkled under the moon

Each night when I would return home and

Rest my weary head so I could enjoy it again

The next day would bring another adventure

When we moved to the country in Carver

I missed being surrounded by trees

I missed searching out every lake

Flat farmland filled with homes

Homes as far as the eye could see

Homes that housed my neighbors

Which created community

Community and fellowship and

Lifelong relationships with people

That I adore and love

So now even though I am not greeted

By trees or hills or lakes

I am greeted by smiles and kindness

With hugs and cups of coffee

With laughter and a promise

Joy and happiness will be found together

Minnesota will always be my home

A treasured friend

With whom I will never part

I am forever thankful for Minnesota.


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Kelli J Gavin
Kelli J Gavin of Carver, Minnesota is a Writer, Blogger, and Professional Organizer. Kelli’s first two books, ‘I Regret Nothing’ and ‘My Name is Zach-A Teenage Perspective on Autism’, were released in 2019. She has also co-authored 15 anthology books. Her 3rd and 4th books will be published in 2020 and 2021. Kelli’s work can be found with Clarendon House Publishing, The Ugly Writers, Southwest Media, Zombie Pirates Publishing, Writing In a Woman’s Voice, The Writers Newsletter, Writers Unite!, Academy of the Heart & Mind, Sweatpants & Coffee, Love What Matters, The Rye Whiskey Review, Spillwords, The Writers and Readers Magazine, Mercurial Stories, 121 Words, HerStry, Passionate Chic Magazine, Ariel Chart, The Basil O’Flaherty, PPP Ezine, Otherwise Engaged, Pleather Skin, Paper.Li, and The New Ink Review, among others. My Name Is Zach was awarded as one of ‘The Best Special Needs Books of 2019’ and one of ‘The Best Special Needs Books of all Time’ by Book Authority. She is also featured among the ‘101 Emerging Authors From Around the World’ with Sweetycat Press published in 2020. Find Kelli on Twitter and Instagram @KelliJGavin and explore her blog at
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  1. Seize every moment. It is rightly said that it doesn’t matter where you go in life, but what matters the most is, whom you have beside you all the way. Behold!

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