May 24, 2013

what's familiar.

Glen Ellyn feels so hopeful this time of year. The oak trees bend over the streets to make tunnels, the air smells like lilacs, and the nighttime fireflies fill the sky after dusk. At the boathouse, small kids sit at the edge of the dock, fishing poles in hand, packed lunches set against leaning bikes. In the park, there's a lemonade stand, a game of kick-the-can, the old man from down the street sitting on a bench with the local newspaper. From where you stand, you can see your house, your castle of a high school, your favorite climbing tree, and your initials etched into a wooden post beside a heart, his name.

There's nothing quite like it, being so knee-deep in your past, and after spending just a few days in my cozy hometown, I feel more than a little restored. Sometimes you have to take a quick time out, a break from the everyday to see your friends and laugh with your family. To soak up what's familiar.

7 comments:

Niken said... [Reply to comment]

looks so peaceful. i always have this nostalgia, a reminiscence feeling everytime i go back to my childhood places. it's like i'm absorb to an old swing of music i can't remember what was it, but i teribbly sure i loved it. looking at this photo makes that feeling come through

Anna V said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful place!

Katie Appleyard said... [Reply to comment]

I'm so happy to have found your blog. I'm becoming a writer and your blog is inspiring. Thanks for sharing :)

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picadaisy said... [Reply to comment]

Sometimes, taking a break is just exactly what's needed :)

Alice said... [Reply to comment]

I can't remember who said, it but I think it's Nelson Mandela- "There's nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to see how you yourself have altered". I think that every time I return to my homes. xx

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Britti said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful words.
I'm visiting my hometown in two weeks and cannot wait. Home is such a good place to rest.