Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Favorite Places

This weeks Roundup is being hosted by Brooke at The World That We Live In. Check it out on Friday.

John was hanging out with friends one day and they said that home to them was Alaska. When John was asked where home is, he didn't have an answer like theirs. To him, home is where his family is. When I went "home" in January I realized the exact same thing can be said. Even though I grew up in MN and love it (in the Spring and Summer...) and I spent my adult years in TX and love it, neither of them are home without my husband and children.

John and I have moved five times in almost ten years. It's what we do. It's one of the reasons we joined the Foreign Service. We're quite nomadic people. The longest we've lived in one place was an apartment in Dallas that we were in for three years - and it felt too long.

So I think that it's great that we're not too attached to one place. We both know with confidence that no matter where we are, it's home.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise, especially to people who know me, that my favorite places always involve my family. My favorite places also always change depending on my mood. Right now, because I'm not working, my favorite place is out. Out with the family. Yesterday we went out to lunch and then to a playground in a nearby suburb. The kids had a blast and I loved being out for a while.

Sometimes my favorite place is whatever restaurant my husband and I are having our date at. Sometimes it's the resort our family is at for vacation.

It may sound dorky...but my favorite place is where my husband and kids are.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you - a favorite place should be where your loved ones are, and, like you, we've moved a lot (life six times since I left my original family in Brazil in 02)... and I'm comfortable to say that home for me is with my hubby and kids, who together, can drive me out of the house!!! Crazy, right? :o

fsowannabe said...

Not a dorky post at all! I completely share your thoughts on what "home" is. Hope you and the family are well.

Valerie said...

Love your post! It epitomized the phrase "Home is where the heart is." I completely share your sentiment about visiting "home" (which for me is of course MA not MN); it just isn't as enjoyable if my husband isn't with me. As much as I get homesick and miss my family, I am always ready to leave sooner if it's a solo trip.