|The fields were on the other side of the trees on the left of photo|
How we first experience a place is usually how we imagine it's always going to be - how it always should be in fact. That's how it is for me anyway. Case in point, when my family moved into a new house in another area in 1983, on the other side of the path which ran by our house, was a huge field - then a road, and then another field. And I believe there were even more fields beyond that.
That's how it was for the four years and three months we stayed there. Several years after having moved away, I revisited the area and was surprised to see that a large housing estate had been built on the previously adjoining fields. The sense of space was gone, and the neighbourhood now seemed over-developed, not to mention claustrophobic. From my point of view, the absence of the fields ruined the area, and I was glad that when I lived there, I experienced it at its best. In my memory, that's how the place should look - and still does whenever I think of it. (Just not when I revisit though.)
So do you feel the same about any place from your past where you lived or frequented when younger? Do you lament any changes, or accept them with no qualms - or don't they matter to you one way or the other? Should you feel the need to express yourselves, you know where the comments section is.