Just last week, Tim and I had the pleasure of taking our daughter to the Potter County Fair, an annual tradition for us. Of course we had taken Rhiannon there, as a baby and toddler, but this year was different, even more special somehow. As I thought on it and pondered my way around the fairgrounds, it dawned on me: the fair is a place of new beginnings and old lives, a place where the young and old come together to celebrate the benefits of hard work, the achievements of family and friends, and the importance of taking time out to enjoy life a little. This year’s fair was even more meaningful to me as it signaled a return home for us, a fresh start in an old, familiar place.
|3 Generations on the Way to the Fair|
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Just like our daughter, Tim and I are seeing “Home” through new eyes. After you have been gone for a while and return, you find that the things you missed most were the things taken for granted: the smell of freshly mowed grass, the fluffiness of clouds in a blue sky, neighbors greeting you from their front porch, and the sound of crickets lulling you to sleep. Things romanticized when you are homesick are even better in person, and we have found that absence truly did make our hearts grow fonder.
We need to remember to stop taking these things for granted. The “new” sights, smells, and experiences of Home are going to grow old and become normal, everyday occurrences, especially surrounded with the chores and tasks of everyday living. From now on, we need to take time out to cherish the simple things that are easy to forget but are so missed when gone. After all, each and every day is a new beginning in an old life. We are going to work on making the best of ours.