A Trip Home

I had to do some continuing education and coordinated the class around a weekend where I could meet my friend Jo Carol for some early Christmas shopping, good food, and time for catching up.  Since I was going to be just a few hours from Tupelo, and my mother-in-law had been wanting to come out to see the kids, I thought it would be a great time to coordinate a trip home to see Mom.  Gran stayed here for a week, and I completed my continuing education, finished my Christmas shopping (except my kids…always save that for last-minute since they change their minds sixteen times), enjoyed time with my dear friend Jo Carol, visited with Mom and my extended family, saw several other friends, and just enjoyed some leisure time back at “home.”  I know one day Texas will feel like home, but it’s always good to go back to the place where your roots were established.

I didn’t get any photos while I was in Jackson with Jo Carol.  And that’s such a shame.  Because I laughed harder than I have in a long, long time.  My favorite mental picture is finding her sitting beside one of the Old Navy mannequins, holding her bags and cell phone, looking exhausted after a long day of shopping.  We shopped ’til we dropped, ate some good food, and talked until the wee hours.  We also determined I’m in need of an eye exam and not safe driving at night.  (If Jo Carol happens to read this, the appointment has been made.  It’s next week.)  Forty-two is such a fun age.

I made it to Mom’s late Sunday afternoon.  After catching up on all that’s going on, we spent the day Monday shopping for the boys’ Christmas presents.  Which meant we spent our day in Toys-R-Us and Walmart.  We also made a quick stop in my favorite TJ Maxx store.  I haven’t found another one as good as Tupelo’s.  We had dinner with Greg, Shannon and the girls at Harvey’s (one of my favorite local places in Tupelo…funny how you miss those places).

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The next day I visited my friends and previous co-workers at the nursing home in Baldwyn.  I miss those girls a ton.  They made work so much fun.  I do hope whenever I go back to work (if I go back to work), that I’ll find a group like that.  However, I’m not sure there could be another.

The rest of the week flew by, and I wish I could say I had time to see everyone I miss so badly.  I did do a quick drive-by in our neighborhood.  Since it was late in the evening, I didn’t think it would be too wise to knock on any doors.  But it did my heart some good just to see the houses.

On Thursday I had lunch with “the pigeons.”  We’ve all met together for birthday lunches as long as I can remember.  My birthday was the following day, the day I was heading back to Texas.  I told them I didn’t intentionally plan a trip home so we could do a birthday lunch, but I will admit it was fun to be able to be together again.  And it did make the celebration even sweeter.

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On Thursday afternoon my Aunt B and Aunt Marsha came to town.  They usually come each year to Mom’s for Celebration Village.  And this year they came a day early so we could visit before I headed home.  It was so fun seeing them.  Like my friend Jo Carol, those two make me laugh until I hurt.  Especially when they are in a room together.  Of course, I don’t have any pictures.  And I am so mad at myself for that, because we all had our cell phones out looking at photos and showing each other funny sites and pics.  Why in the world do we not stop to think of taking photos??

On Friday morning, I headed back home.  I’m glad my aunts were at Mom’s.  In some way it made the leaving easier.  And it also helped knowing we’d be traveling back in a month for Thanksgiving.  I guess it sounds silly to be homesick when your forty-something, but it’s strange when you’ve established a home for 15 years and then leave it.  Especially when you leave behind precious family and friends.  And while it’s been fifteen months since Dad died, the grief is often still so fresh.

Brandi helped by asking me to meet her at Starbucks on my way out of town.  She’s the party planner in our group and makes birthdays extra special.  She’s a special friend and another reason the move wasn’t very easy.

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When I arrived home that evening in Longview, their was a birthday sign on the backdoor and the house smelled of a delicious meal.  Gran outdid herself in decorating the kitchen and cooking.  She also helped the kids bake and decorate a cake.  It was so good to spend time away but great to be back home in our little nest.

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One Comment

  1. leigh ann
    Posted 11/02/2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    so glad I sat down tonight and tried to catch up on blogs. love reading all your posts…makes me miss you though! Hope to see you during Thanksgiving.