Friday, August 12, 2011

It's my kind of town

Can you go "home" again? I'm going to find out in a few weeks.

I grew up partially outside of Chicago, in northwestern Indiana. Summers and Christmases, I'd visit my father and stepmother here in southern Florida. When I was 14, I came to Florida to live permanently and have never been back.

Writing these words, just simple letters from my keyboard, it seems so detached. Beyond just words, though, making the decision to live with one parent over the other was a hard decision for a 14-year-old me. It was emotional. I gave up lifelong friends to follow my heart.... And then my heart was broken. But that's another story for another time.

I'm looking forward to going home with my husband and two little boys. We're planning to see the Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium and Chicago Children's Museum. I want to show them the magnificent dunes on the south shore of Lake Michigan I remember so fondly playing in when I was a girl -- where I first fell in love with nature. I want to drive by my old houses and my school and the library where I decided I wanted to be a writer. We'll attend a family wedding at my sister's house and drive through the Indiana countryside. Maybe I'll even get to catch up with some friends.

It sounds all so nostalgic, but my mind and my heart are definitely still looking forward.

Going back to my roots will be nice (if I can survive the long car trip with the littles), but southern Florida is truly my home.

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Blogger Keetha Broyles said...

1) I LOVE Chi Town

2) Warren Dunes???

3) From which northwestern Indiana town did you hale????

August 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger CaraBee said...

The drive will be half of the fun.

I moved a long way from home when I was 21 and haven't even considered moving back but I visit regularly. It is interesting to see those places I used to know so well, all of the memories and emotions associated with them. Still. It is a different place now. And I see it with different eyes. Enjoy your trip!

August 12, 2011 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Kaylie said...

Just stumbled upon your blog--and I'm from Chicago! I would definitely try the SkyDeck (in Willis Tower-aka Sears Tower) It's a glass four feet jut out and it overlooks the city. Definitely awe-inspiring. By other means, Chicago will always welcome you back, even if it's just for a short visit. :)

August 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Good luck with the long car trip! Done that several times with year already. It can be exhausting.

One thing I have never tried but a friend recommended-at the dollar store or somewhere else cheap get a little gift for each hour you are in the car. A little toy or a coloring book or a snack. Then each hour on the hour they get to open a gift that then, theoretically, keeps them entertained until time to open the next gift.

Since I have 3 kids it always sounded like a lot of extra preparation for the long drive-but she SWEARS by it. So-if you want to give it a try let me know how it works. Good luck!

August 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Audubon Ron said...

The Little Woman goes back to visit her daddy in Chicago several times a year. Where my feet are is where home is for me.

August 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM  

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