We're going home next week. Where is home when you've lived in five states in less than ten years? It's where your Dad sits on the couch with the newspaper spread on the coffee table, your Mom cooks all sorts of things in the kitchen, while having minor explosions about a pan being in the wrong cabinet, and your sister leaves Diet Coke cans all over the place and alternatively reads French novels and Little House books. And in the summer, everyone runs around in swimsuits and various levels of coverups at the table, and ice cream is served in unlimited portions out by the pool. For me, this comfortable, familiar place, is Ohio.
We can drive home in about 6 hours, so once Michael's accounting exam ends next Wednesday, we are outta here! It's not like we're going from Ithaca to Rome or anything.... we're going to Ohio, after all. But Ohio is engrained so deeply in our being, it's always good to go back. Our agenda includes doing laundry for free in our mothers' machines, eating food we don't have to cook, and catching up with our sisters. Yes, all four of us will be in the same place for three days! And there's no wedding, so we'll have a bit of free time.
There's just something comforting and relaxing about going home for a few days on your days off. Not a vacation. No planning, no itinerary, no hotel room, no sight seeing. Not particularly 'interesting' but you know, good for the soul.