Whenever I hear the wordÂ home I always think about where I grew up, in northern New York.
Yes, of course I consider Connecticut home now but my first home wasn’t here. It was there.
When I was young it was just where I lived. Nothing special.
Once I left (20 years ago) I would enjoy going back to see my family and hang with my friends. It was fun to go back but not hugely important.
Somewhere along the way it became important.
When the kids were little I could take them home several times each year.
Now we’re lucky if we make it twice.
It is important to me that my children know their extended family.
It is important to me that my children know how I grew up.
It is important to me that they know why I love to go home.
Now I make a point of bringing the kidsÂ home every summer. Greg comes sometimes but never for as long (even though he grew up there, too, the place doesn’t have the same pull for him as it does for me.)
The kids get to hang with cousins (some who travel to get there, just like us) and get familiar with their family.
I grew up on the St. Lawrence River. It’s beautiful and my parents had a boat.
As a teen, I would take it, a lot.
My friends and I would go to Canada, specifically Stovin Island, to jump off the rocks and spend the day swimming.
Last summer my parents and I loaded up their boat and two jet skis and headed up to Stovin. It’s a haul, about 20 minutes after you stop at customs, and we almost didn’t do it because it seemed like a lot of work and a lot of time to bring all of us and all of our stuff (towels, lunches, snacks, extra clothes, etc.)
But we bit the bullet, pulled it together, and headed out for either an epic Wednesday adventure or a day of stress and anxiety.
That Wednesday turned out to beÂ one of the best days of our summer. Followed closely by the next Saturday when we added a couple of people and headed up again.
It was that much fun.
My kids still talk about it.
When I left last summer I was already looking forward to coming back home again.
Today’s post was inspired by the year long photography improvement project “Through the Lens Thursday” created by Alison at Writing, Wishing and Greta at Gfunkified. Please click through to either of their websites to find out more.
Today’s prompt was Home.
What do you think of when you hear that word? Is it your here and now, your past home or your future? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.