Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pomp and Circumstance and Home

My sweet G is all done with preschool. 

This is her teacher Ms. Punky, in her 39th year of teaching littles (and their parents) how to navigate a school year.  I'm in awe of her.

We launched straight into summer mode with friends coming to visit and road tripping to see even more friends. 

My brother's best friend Matt and his family came to stay.  Moira is touring colleges in the lower 48.  This makes me feel old.  My girls love her to pieces, so it also makes me feel hopeful that she goes to school in Bellingham so we can see more of her.  I will be her Washington mama, cook for her when she needs something other than pizza or dorm food, and let her use the washing machine when quarters run low. 

I loved having Alaskan friends who I've known forever see my Edison life.  Sharing a home and a meal makes a beautiful benchmark. 

More sharing of meals and home came with a visit to Mike and Shelley's on the Key Peninsula.  Their house was my sanctuary when I was in college and too far away from home to go home.  Now they are in the process of packing up and moving to North Carolina.  Their house and garden have character in every square inch, and I was grateful for one last visit. 


I looked up "home" in the dictionary.  It said it all.  What Mike and Shelley gave me when I was so homesick for my own home and family,  home away from home, a place where one is as happy, relaxed, or comfortable as in one's own home.   A proverb for their next adventure to North Carolina, your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are.  The feeling I had when I pulled into our parking spot, road weary from traffic and keeping two little girls happy while in the confines of the car, home sweet home used as an expression of one's pleasure or relief at being in or returning to one's own home.

We're home.

1 comment:

  1. Look at how those tuition dollars pay off for that English degree! This is a beautiful post, Andrea. I love it:)