California Bloom

“THE SALINAS VALLEY is in Northern California. It is a long narrow swale between two ranges of mountains, and the Salinas River winds and twists up the center until it falls at last into Monterey Bay.” Steinbeck, John. East of Eden (p. 3). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. So began the best piece of fiction I have ever read and reread.

I have lived almost 43 of my 75 years in California. It’s the place Kristine and I chose to live soon after we were married. We have loved to travel, but, the trip home is meaningful as well. It brings us to a place of great beauty.

The springtime is beautiful all over the U.S. I am missing the azaleas at the Masters as I watch its presentation, 7 months out of sync. On the other hand those pines, those creeks, those bridges and that sunlit course are still so peaceful. It’s God’s green earth at rest in august Augusta.

In the spring, holed up, I missed the valleys of Southern California. Fields of purple lupines and orange poppies can be pictured in one’s mind just as Steinbeck described them in the Salinas Valley later in his paramount work. He was raised in that valley and knew it well. Also, our deserts bloom with muticolored and shaped succulents of all sizes.

California culture has changed noticeably in these 43 years, but the inherent beauty of this place has only changed in the mild cycle of our seasons. The coasts and the valleys bloom strikingly. Although, it’s in large part a desert, a desert that has bloomed and bloomed and bloomed.

H. Robert Rubin, best-selling, Amazon memoirist and author of Look Backward Angel, How Did I Get Through This? and Please Save the Third Dance for Me, all available on Amazon.