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May 16

Home

Since leaving Montrose, nine months ago, we’ve had the opportunity to try on many different homes:

What’s Home feel like in Lafayette, Indiana? Norfolk, Virginia? Oriental, North Carolina?
What’s Home like with three kids?
Is Home on a sailboat?
Is it where you grew up?
Is Home a tangible thing?
Is it a box made of brick and drywall or is it people?
Does Home have a shape and color?
Is it a geographic location?
Can Home move?
Can it expand? Retract?

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For the past month, St├ęphane and I got the chance to try on Home where I grew up.

 

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We had a blast.

 

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Crossword puzzles, countless euchre games; evenings on the couch in the den, mom and I critiquing House Hunters and House Hunters International (“did she really just say that?!?)

 

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Eating, drinking, rooting on the Tigers and the Red Wings.

 

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Doing the things in Detroit that we can’t do in Montrose: sit in traffic, take pictures of things that are “Made In Detroit”, eat gyros and eggs.

 

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Bananagrams on the deck, feeding the chiminea, texting Dan to remind him about how he blew up the previous chiminea when he was sixteen.

 

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Grilling in the rain

 

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Eating expertly-grilled meats!

 

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Shopping for and planting flowers with mom, enjoying the comfortably warm, Michigan April weather.

 

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Our very first ever – and then a second – euchre tournament courtesy of the Katalpa Club (I WON the second euchre tournament!)

 

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Spending some fun times with our soon-to-be new sister-in-law, Ryan; hanging with Pete.

 

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Watching for the wild cat to come out from under the deck every evening at five before eight (seriously, the cat was like clockwork).

 

 

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Drinking Chianti out of the wee glass; everyone telling dad to quit putting snacks on the table because we JUST ATE dinner and NO, we are not hungry!

 

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Enjoying the familiar, happy, colorful surroundings.

 

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Spending time with the women in my life I don’t get to see enough of.

 

 

And then, having to say goodbye.

 

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Collecting our belongings again, packing them again, moving on, again.

 

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And now we’re back in Montrose, so excited to be here again. But is it Home? What is Home, again?

 

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Home is a fuzzy yellow lab you left behind and you weren’t sure she’d remember you, but she did.

 

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Home is Fribourg, St. Clair Shores, Yvonne & Fabio & little Antonio. Home is Tom & Melisa, Dan & Karen. Home is Jurg & Maria; Pete & Ryan; Debbie & Marty; Silivia-StephanO-Thierry-Anthony. It’s Vicki & Jonno, Sally & Jeff, Cindy. It’s Grams.

 

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Home is The Little House. Home was Free Range. Home is lots of things. But mostly, Home is wherever we are, as long we we’re together.

 

 

 

6 comments

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  1. Tom L

    You’ve had quite a blast. Send me your new contact info when you get settled in.

    You gave me the free HP cartridge.

  2. Grandma

    Sara, what a beautiful piece you wrote. It created a few tears here. Love you guys.

  3. dad

    Thank you my sweetheart daughter so well addressed !!. Mom and i have always focused on home and family. i was so happy to steal her away at Seventeen (my queen) !!!! all my love dad

  4. Dan Trombley

    So we’ll written Sara! You have a talent that’s to be sure. I get goosebumps every time I read your posts. Annnnd, just to set the record straight, I was merely testing out the structural fortitude of that chiminea for dad…..

  5. Dan Trombley

    …. With gasoline.

    1. Sara Hefti

      Mwuahahahahah

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