I chose the title for this blog because I usually call myself a "picaflor" or hummingbird! The reason is because my condition causes me to have a high heart rate when I just move or change position. So my heart is all a Twitter! P.O.T.S. or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome causes multiple symptoms and at some point I will discuss it further, but now I will start back from when we moved to Puerto Rico back in 1973!
Although I grew up in upstate NY, we moved to Puerto Rico when I was 15. We started going there for our yearly vacations when I was 10 years old. Although my dad nor us kids spoke a lick of Spanish he fell in love with the place. My mom was from there originally, but she wasn't that excited to move back.
So at 15 we packed up everything and left our little town of Sloatsburg, NY. It was quite the culture shock moving to a small rural town in Puerto Rico and not understanding the language. We had to learn Spanish with the kindergartners who were failing Spanish! You can just imagine these awkward teenagers sitting on tiny little chairs learning to speak, what would soon turn into being our primary language.
|The Casita, the house I grew up in|
During Nursing School, still in Puerto Rico, I had just received a packet from George Washington University to work as a nurse there. I had so many dreams of moving back to the states. For some reason I had this fantasy life all up in my head and living in Puerto Rico was not part of that dream. I didn't even tell my boyfriend any of this, he still doesn't know. I now think back how selfish that was. The decisions I made that night changed my life forever. I moved away in 1982.
So for this post I decided to share a little of the Island that ironically I now miss so much!
|Old San Juan|
|1634 Chapel of Christ and Parque de las Palomas|
|Beach Near Naguabo|
|El Yunque Rain Forest Ferns the size of trees!|
- Walking on the beach and feeling the warm white sand underneath my feet
- The full moon shining through the palm trees swaying in the wind
- The warm breeze from the ocean hitting my face
- Party time! Spending time with family and friends, singing, dancing, great food and music
- The warm blue green ocean, hitting the shore with quiet strength
This was just a little tour of the island and where I grew up so many years ago. Hope you enjoyed the trip!
My husband and I now live south of Seattle, WA. We have five sons, two daughter-in-laws, two beautiful granddaughters, four Labrador Retrievers, two cats and a horse named Sioux.