This is home

Happy at Happy Joe's in LeClaireTwo flights, five burgers at the Atlanta TGI Friday’s airport location. A bag of gummy Lifesavers, and of course, the real lifesavers: four headsets, an iPad and two iPhones with digital movies. One hour’s drive, and we are home.

By home, I mean. HOME. Not Iowa, the place I grew up. I mean: here. Connecticut. Where I am with him and them and our place which is.

It’s only a minor revelation to realize that home is where the heart is. But, after years of wondering:

where do i belong?

it sure is nice to hear the answer ring like a bell inside.

We were driving down East Main, and I pointed out to the kids how many more trees there were here. I’m always pointing things out to them.

“Ahhh,” I heard myself say, “It’s nice to be home.”

It’s nice to be away, away enough to feel missed and to feel the missing.

This morning, on autopilot, I crossed the Housatonic — not the Mississippi — and went about my day.

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home.

 

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  1. July 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

    It’s great to have a place to call home. We’ve lived in the same house for 10 of the last 12 years. (We had a 2-year break in Africa.)

    Like you, having lived in different places, each one took away a little of what makes up “home.” Or is it, added to – what makes up “home?” Maybe both.

  2. July 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

    You can call that home all you want but I’m sure glad I had a chance to see you when you came Iowa home. Wish you would think about moving back. I would plant an extra tree in your yard for you. 🙂

    • July 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      HAH! That’s a real appealing offer Nik! Thank you!

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