The Unfamiliar Familiar

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This weekend, I traveled back to my hometown for the holiday. It was a convenient time to head back. Right now our family has some things that are going on. Thankfully, while challenging, there is hope in the horizon. Just need the fortitude to navigate and step through.

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While I was home, I noticed things that were familiar to me, but now seemed a little unfamiliar. I noticed vacant lots that once had the homes of my childhood friends. Parcels that contained school yards, but now were empty. Stores that once flourished but now abandoned. These places are familiar yet unfamiliar to me.

During our visit my family had a chance to hang out with a childhood friend and his family. They live in a beautiful home. The hospitality was off the chain. The conversation was rich, but we came back to that unfamiliar familiar. How our schools have changed. How kids now are different than we were “back in the day.” How even though things are still in place, they are unfamiliar.

I love my hometown. I love the people, places and things that make it special to me. But as times goes on, I am learning that the once familiar slowly becomes unfamiliar unless you move along with it.

Maybe, I am thinking too much. Maybe my mind is still in the realm of yesterday. The place of familiar.

Mill River Redemption

This post was inspired by the novel The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan, about two estranged sisters who are forced to work together in order to uncover the hidden inheritance by their mother. Join From Left to Write on December 2nd as we discuss The Mill River Redemption and enter to win a copy of the novel. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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