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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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4 comments
calangel58
calangel58

I left my small town right after graduation from high school and have never been back. But recently I've found all my old high school friends on facebook and it just amazes me that so many of them never left. They stayed right there and their kids are living their lives. Going to the same schools, same football games, same traditions. At times I feel jealous and displaced but most of the time I just think how sad that they never ventured out of that small, safe little world. Weird!

thienkim
thienkim

I feel the same way when I visit my parents. Two summers ago, I realized that it was no longer "home." A strange revelation.

childrenoftheoldschool
childrenoftheoldschool moderator

@calangel58 I know. Part of me thinks I am missing out while another part thinks maybe they are missing out. It is very strange. Thanks for stopping by.

childrenoftheoldschool
childrenoftheoldschool moderator

@thienkim It's still home to me, but so much has changed that it feels more like a dream sometimes. Does that make sense?

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