I had a wonderful visit with teens in Memphis this week. We discussed having a special place to go when life turns upside down.
In my YA novel The People In The Park, Lauren seeks refuge in the park. This is how she describes her special place.
River Landing. A small but beautiful, scenic park with huge sprawling trees that stood guard over the playground and gazebo and lined the winding walking path was tucked into a natural preserve off downtown Fairfield. One side of the v-shaped three-mile walking trail meandered along the Missouri River. The other side bordered the railroad tracks.
The special places Memphis teens mentioned that they go to think about their lives were also in nature. Parks, hiking trails, lakes – Each had the ability to calm and provide serenity.
Stephanie says, “I like to draw. So any place I can sit and draw is a place I can get lost in and take me away from my troubles. My favorite place is a flower garden.”
Arie’s grandparents have a farm close to Memphis. She says, “I can go there and escape from life. The wide open spaces make me realize that there is more to life than petty problems.”
Caryn says, “I like to go to the lake. Any lake. And just sit and stare out at the water. When I leave I feel refreshed.” She adds, “I could identify with Lauren because her special park has a river. There is something about water that soothes your soul.”
When life gets hard nature beckons Memphis teens. It is a place to be alone with their thoughts. A place to renew & refresh.