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Sep. 24th, 2012 10:46 am
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I’m sitting in my sort-of sister-in-law’s living room, in Pennsylvania about as relieved and happy as I’ve been in, I don’t know how long. I mean, I know we have a lot to do in the coming weeks—I’m very much not looking forward to unpacking the storage container full of all of our stuff—but everything feels, I don’t know. Hopeful?

The trip up was long and exhausting. It always surprises me how tiring just driving can be. The first day was twelve hours to get to my brother in North Carolina. Since he’s lived now in two cities in three places and this is only the first that I’ve seen, I’d say it’s about time. We stayed up late both nights I was there and my nephew is just over three and a ball of energy, so there was not a lot of rest to be had. It was fun and really, really good, but tiring. Then yesterday, I made the seven hour trip in just over six. It helps that the speed limit around DC is more of a suggestion than an actual limit.

Just driving around DC left me feeling nostalgic and a little homesick. I haven’t lived there is, what, twelve years? But it still feels, I don’t know. Warm, is the best way to describe it. Then I drove past the place where I was a car with friends in college when one of the tires came off. It seems funny now—the car stopping and seeing the wheel continue forward—but it was a little less so at the time. The mid-to-north east coast is full of so many more memories than Florida, even though I spent 18 years there. I suppose it’s because I was an actual adult once I moved further north. I don’t have many memories of my childhood, they’ve slipped away over the years, replaced with new ones, more tangible ones.

Anyway, I guess the point is that I’m home. Not, you know, home, home, but much closer. And it feels so good.
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