Friday March 12, 2010

There’s an old fashion saying, “Home Is Where the Heart Is”. Perhaps I really didn’t appreciate the meaning of that until today.

After a two-week absence, spending all but two nights in hotels, I arrived at my own digs today. But the house was empty. As in, my wife was out-of-town. She is staying one more day with our children and grandchildren. As I reported yesterday, I was able to spend some family time with her and the kids Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. But I must regroup today and Saturday for a return trip to my project in Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

So now you may know what I’m talking about. I’m at my house but I’m not yet home. Home will arrive tomorrow in a red Prius with my wife. It’s funny because my wife believed home arrived today with me in a white Tundra. Home is a very complex concept that is sometimes hard to identify and keep track of. Although we were not in our house, we probably were more at home Thursday night at the middle school in Leavenworth attending Em’s band concert.

But we have been married many years and we have learned that we can adapt easily. I think you call it “rolling with the blows”. We have been very lucky to have raised our two children and now we get to watch our children as they raise their five and create homes for themselves.

Hopefully tomorrow after Marcia’s visit ends, their houses will be just a little bit less home without us. Just as ours through the years has become just a little bit less without them.

Such is the life of John

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  1. slmret says:

    What a perfect description of “empty nesting!”

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    • That was written over 7 years ago. The nest isn’t any fuller. But we are learning to enjoy it. πŸ™‚
      It is great hearing from you Janet! πŸ™‚

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      • slmret says:

        Wow — I need to look at dates! There’s a natural progression from a full house to an empty one — it helps us to relax when the house is no longer so full! I’ve been here — but just lurking for a while!

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        • Hahaha, I just reposted it this evening. I’ve been looking through my archives , picking out some favorites, I’ve been too lazy to dream up anything new. πŸ˜€ I need to drop by you and catch up on California.

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        • slmret says:

          California is looking a lot better now that we’ve had some rain — My blogging has dropped off a bit because the drought has been somewhat depressing and things have just all looked the same — now the fields are green, the air has a little moisture in it, and the flowers are all beautiful!. https:slmret.wordpress.com

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  2. iampeacenow says:

    Wonderful write, John. Thanks for the repost. peace πŸ™‚

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  3. This brought joy tears to my eyes! So sweet! A beautiful write! πŸ™‚
    Yes, I think home is wherever those we ❀ love ❀ are…and when we are with them we feel at home…warm, loved, safe, happy, at ease, etc. πŸ™‚
    I became an empty-nester…wow, it will be 14 years ago this Fall…when my last-youngest-bird went off to college. I enjoy some of the "emptiness" in my life…but in other ways I miss the birds daily. And when they visit the nest, they bring more little birds with them. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    • We have been for over 20 years now. So we are pretty much acclimatized. πŸ™‚ Now even the grandkids are going out on their own. The chain of life just keeps on going, doesn’t it. πŸ™‚ Glad you had a few moments of joy tears. πŸ™‚ But let’s keep the tears to a minimum. πŸ™‚

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