Sharon Socol

 

I returned to the Midwest to see family, my then 6-month-old first baby in tow. It was my obligatory visit to introduce her to family.

As the waterscape below the plane vanished beneath the scattered cumulus nimbus clouds, I felt joy knowing that I would be coming back. I was not on vacation, Miami was now home.

This memory of loving Miami has never vanished.

Through the subsequent years I watched Miami evolve and revolve. Her tapestry is always changing and always rich. Miami became permanently bilingual, permanently multicultural. Miami embraced the arts: Miami City Ballet, opera, Art Basel and the New World

Symphony.

Restaurants sprouted up and down Miami Beach, the Design District, Brickell, and skyscraping buildings and apartments grew like weeds. Museums for children; museums for adults; personal collections: Rubell, Margulies, and del La Cruz attract worldwide recognition. Art Basel lures international visitors like bees to honey. The Wynwood neighborhood, like a phoenix, rebounded to become a nest for emerging art.

Pro basketball, football, baseball; college sports and marathons stand solid along with every water sport one wants to try.

Miami is a destination for a holiday. It’s two hours from New York, a short flight across the Atlantic, and an easy flight from South America. The pace is slow enough to soak in the sun on the wide sandy beaches and fast enough to pulsate one’s hips inside the clubs.

There are places to see: Vizcaya and Calle Ocho; and places to study, the University of Miami, Miami Dade College and Florida International University.

Miami is a destination for festivals and art shows, leaving few weekends for downtime. The Miami Book Fair International, for 30 years and counting, brings events and speakers more numerous than one can find time to attend.

Whether it’s a life style or the weather, Miami is my home. I reared my family here, I found friends here, I am a part of the community.

I watch the sun come up each day from my bedroom window. The sun, even when behind clouds, sheds a light on Miami that lets me know she is not only like a rainbow full of color, life and fun, but also that Miami is the rainbow.

Sharon Socol will appear 2 p.m., Nov. 24, Room 7106.

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