Quintessential Minnesota

September 4, 2016

These things mean "Minnesota" to me.

These things are emblematic of “Minnesota” to me:

  • Stands of white-trunked birch trees
  • The haunting calls of loons on the lakes
  • The whine of mosquitos in my ears
  • The raised welts on my skin from mosquito and other bug bites
  • The humidity
  • The sound of wavelets lapping on the dock
  • The sustained low rumble of thunder, like God’s stomach growling
  • The play of clouds across spacious skies
  • Rusty cars (even though there are far fewer rusty carts now compared to when I was growing up there)
Rusty cars

Rusty truck

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2 Responses to “Quintessential Minnesota”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I laughed and laughed at the rusty trucks. Our salt spray is just as effective as road salt — in coastal communities, you can spot the people who work around the water.

  2. selah Says:

    the birch trees must be beautiful especially in Autumn with yellow leaves against a blue sky.


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