Time has this funny way of trimming connections. Stronger ties develop with others, life's important issues might not relate with your anchor strong childhood family. Truth is, we grow and relate differently after being out on our own.
Somehow the homestead house shrunk, the town's fun spot just isn't fun. The mall that had everything you could ever need... doesn't.
|Returning home 1978|
Drove into the folks' driveway where their lives were going on as normal... Hello? I'm home? Queen traveler has arrived! I brought my brood...
As they opened their home, they let me recognize, that I had my own home, I have my own life and it is no longer found without my husband. My children walked around as if in a museum, sitting, listening to stories, unfamiliar voices and smells. I loved seeing them there, but knew where we belonged.
|Sharing time with aunts and cousins 2011|
Keep the lines open. Keep working it. Reunions are not the easiest times. But being home and lonely plays games in your head.
So, go back in time, go back to folks, places and interests. Know that you have changed. Dynamics are wonderful... no one wants to be stagnant! Find out something new about your cousin, neighbor, co-worker. Listen laugh and grow with it!