Saturday, September 20, 2008

Yes You Can

"Settling, white dew
does not discriminate,
each drop its home."
- Soin (1604 - 16820

I’m at the age where I can spout sturdy clichés like they were pearls of wisdom. Example: you can’t go home again.

A couple of weeks ago when I was back east. I drove through the neighborhoods where I grew up, and where my child was born. For so long, these neighborhoods were home to me. And yet I frequently got lost driving down so many memory lanes, either because I’ve changed or the places have changed. I couldn’t find home.

A few days later, back in California, I was sitting outside reading a book while my cat sprawled on the cool patio. I looked up and found – home. It was only in returning to the town (where I’ve now lived most of my life) that I found what I’d been looking for in those old neighborhoods where I grew up. I found that I had returned home.

Another cliché is the one aunts and uncles used to say when we were kids they only saw every few years: my how you’ve grown. There on the patio with my cat and my book, I found myself thinking that I’d grown a bit more since the last time I was home.

5 comments:

Lucy Corrander said...

This is a lovely, gentle post - the first gentle post I have read here!

I hope this means you are feeling happy and content.

Lucy Corrander
PICTURES JUST PICTURES

P.S. Not that I don't enjoy your rants. I do!

Roses and stuff said...

That is so sweet - and so wisely said!
Katarina

Annie in Austin said...

It is a lovely post, Weeping Sore. It must be pretty cool to feel that you are in the right place.

walk2write said...

Isn't it great to grow a bit more? At least until your allotment supervisor (spouse, significant other) starts to complain you're extending your half of the bed to now exceed 5/8. Glad you found some peace (I guess?).

Shady Gardener said...

I know you're right. Nothing stays the same... thank heavens! :-)