Roy's Postcards: 1987/08/04


Dear Roy,
Here is where we ate. We need to bring Ellen to the greenhouse.

Postcard back:

The Hamlet Restaurant at Moonstone Gardens
Moonstone Gardens offers a unique setting for a wide variety of plant species surrounded by beautiful hills. Stroll leisurely through the gardens where many plants are available for sale in the nursery.

The hamlet restaurant offers superb dining amid elegant surroundings with a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. Wine and beer bar and lounge, gifts and an extensive choice of wines for retail sales.

Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m.
Located on Hwy. 1, Cambria
7 Miles South of Hearst Castle

Photo by Jack Darmody

Leonard's comments:

I'm gonna bare my soul a little here--when I saw the combination of a postcard written by my mother and "view of the Pacific Ocean" and an 805 area code (this was the area code in Bakersfield when I was a kid) I was overwhelmed by a feeling of loneliness and nostalgia. I had a memory of a dinner I had with my mother in a small central-California town by the ocean. It was not at this oddly-named restaurant; it was at a restaurant attached to a Best Western where we were staying. It was right on the beach and you could watch the sun go down over the ocean. I was a teenager and I voluntarily dressed up for dinner.

It's such a perfect memory that I don't know whether it happened at all. It sounds like a metaphor for my mother's death. Why was I traveling alone with her? Why were we on the coast? I don't know. There are very few moments of my childhood I'd like to revisit, and even fewer that I'd like to revisit without being able to change things, but assuming this really happened, this is one of them.

Eat your heart out, dad; this is how you write a friggin postcard!

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