Thursday, August 11, 2011

Going Home

I’m going home.  And then, when our trip is over, I’m coming back home. 

How can a person have two homes?  I do not know the answer to that question; I know only that I do, in fact, have both.

The first two three years or so that we lived down here, I wouldn’t get real excited on our trip home until we saw the first Sheetz.  Now, I still feel that excitement, but I feel the same excitement on the way back down when I see the first CookOut, the first offer of Meat & 3.  That’s how I know I have two homes.

I’m so thrilled about this trip.  I’m going to meet my new nephew (I love you little Izzy!!), I’m going to hangout out with friends and family, and I’m going to cool off a little bit (its never quite as warm up there).  We’re going home for no very good reason, which is, to me, the best of reasons.  It seems that we’ve fallen into a pattern of a trip home in May, a trip home in August, and a trip around Christmas time.  While its hardly enough, we try to make the most out of it, so this time we’ll be up in ole’ Pennsyltuckey for an entire week.

Really, I’m ‘bout to burst, I’m so excited.

One of the biggest things I’m looking forward to is… 

Hi there, party girl.
Can we go to Mexico?  Please??
Fit to be tied, that would be me. 

Now, if you are an only child, or have only a brother or sister or two, this may not seem like that big of a deal.  But let me tell you, as one of 8, and in competition with 7 grandchildren, the prospect of an entire day of my mother’s attention has nearly sent me into a coma of euphoria. 

The only rub is thus: I don’t know what we’re going to do.

We don’t have a “thing” that we always do together to fall back on; we just like each other more than most people.  We’re clearly not going to go to a movie or something, because it would be a waste to listen to other people talk when we could be doing the talking ourselves.  We’ll probably eat somewhere, but where?  We’ll probably do something, possibly even outside, but what?  We can’t decide.  Amusement park?  Quilt show?  Canoe trip?  Art Exhibit?  Outlet shopping?  Baking extravaganza?

Can you help me here?  Can you give me a good mother/daughter suggestion?  It doesn’t have to be a typical thing, probably the more obscure, the better.  I’m just plumb out of creativity, or possibly overwhelmed by the immense pressure to make the most of this golden opportunity.  Nothing is jumping out at me.  Please advise.

I’m in your hands,


  1. I'm with you on the multiple homes front. I think I could count three, but that number is ever on the rise! :)

    Fave activities with mom: Shopping (outlets are favorite), mini road trips, a craft project (we love to start a project when I get home and have it done before I leave), going out to eat, going to movies, cooking together.

  2. you and your mom could ...
    - go shopping in the 'burgh or at the outlets
    - eat dinner someplace fancy
    - go for a walk in the forest (or even just around here)
    - work in the garden together
    - take pictures of cows in the mist
    - bake
    - go to kennywood
    - go to the zoo or one of the many museums in da 'burgh
    - do some kind of fun fitness class together at the Y
    - go see "the help" (i know you said no movies, but she really wants to see that, and i think i remember you reading and liking that book, too, and you could hold hands and cry during it and then go talk about it over ice cream or coffee at deb's or michelle's or something)

    i think i'm out of ideas... and even if i'm not, i'm going to see you in a few hours, and i'm clearly just stalling from writing my paper right now, so ... bye!

  3. Well, here's what I do with my mom: Stay up too late, talk about how tired we are the next day, maybe take a nap, cook lots of food and..GO OUT FOR MEXICAN!!!!

    Having two "homes" is so rad. I totally agree. :)


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