February 20, 2012

Home


It was a wonderful three day week-end. We went "home". Actually we went to my mom's house in the Berkshires (western Massachusetts), my childhood home, which somehow still feels like home to me.


I keep waiting for the day that I don't call this place home. I finished college, moved to my own appartment in the city, got a cat, got a car, got a degree, got married, moved and made my own home, had a kid... and still when I am going to my mom's for the week-end, I say I'm going "home". 


It is a beautiful area with the perfect balance of mountains and rivers and great restaurants and galleries. My mom has wonderful collections and plants and treasures. It would be difficult to find a better place to call home and maybe that's why I struggle to leave it behind. That and the fact that my childhood bedroom has been completely preserved as though I just walked out the door. It's kind of odd but also strangely important to my inner balance.


It was a week-end with something for everyone. We ate some good meals. We went for a few walks along the river. I gossiped with my mom, watched cable, and hit up some thrift stores. Big Smith went skiing, enjoyed some quality time with the little guy, and read "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". Little Smith discovered the dog, dug in houseplants, played outside (with no snow), and learned to climb the stairs... on his own... even unsupervised once- yikes!


We even enjoyed a couple's evening out which was very romantic until we decided to order a brownie sundae complete with hot fudge and I ate so much that I felt queasy for the rest of the night. Little Smith also never sleeps in his pack-and-play well so we didn't have the most restful nights. Still it was really good to get away and the best part of a long week-end is the short week that follows.

It's also always good to be at this home. Hoping for a solid night's sleep in our own bed and crib.

11 comments:

  1. "Home" will always feel like home. You are very lucky you have your childhood home to go back to. A lot of people don't have that. Looks like a lovely weekend! I cannot wait to go "home". :-)

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  2. You will never stop calling your mother's home home. It is there where you spend some of the most carefree moments of your life and you cannot change that! It is a beautiful place and you are so lucky to have it! Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  3. Gorgeous photographs! Looks like an amazing place to grow up.

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  4. I still call my parent's house "home." Your mom's home looks so lovely! Sounds like a nice little weekend away.

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  5. Did you love the book? I did. I don't think of my parent's house as home anymore. I guess it is because I have been gone so long. They mostly come visit me so I don't get there much. Sad because it isn't that fat away.

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  6. Wow. I can't stop looking at these pictures! Your mom's house is perfect and homey and adorable! As are you! And I still feel that way about my own mom's house even though I didn't grow up there. So glad you got a little time out as a couple, too. i would have done the same thing with the brownie sundae. I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to those things.

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  7. What a beautiful "home" you have! Oh, I can't stop looking at these photos. Those plants, the yard, that woodburning stove...it's so lovely! I still feel this way about my father's home. We built it as a family when I was in middle school so I think it will always have a special place in my heart.

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  8. Thanks guys- it is a very special place and I know how lucky I am to be able to return to my childhood home in tact.

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  9. I am not sure if it would happen: I call my parents house "my home" and always will as my dad calls grandma's house his home for more that 70 years by now. There is something magical about the place you grew up in, isn't it? Beautiful pictures, I love it. Thanks for visiting my blog! I am your new member now...

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  10. Wow! Your mom's place is amazing! I do love all her plants. How fortunate you are to have such a special place to return "home" to :)

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  11. Aww! this post is so sweet! I love the pics too and the old-fashioned furnace! I also love Little Smith's sweater. Too adorable. Hope your short week is going FAAAST!

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