Saturday, July 2, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Welcome



This is my first week giving this a whirl. I originally came across the idea at another blog that I read, A Slob Comes Clean.

It's pretty easy...a prompt is given, and you write. You write for five minutes.
Rules:
1. Write for 5 minutes (no editing, tweaking or self critiquing)
2. Link back to her site (thegypsymama.com) and invite others to do the same.
3. Tell the person who linked up before you, what their words meant to you. Everyone loves comments!

This week's prompt is:

Welcome.


That's the feeling I used to feel as I drove over the mountain passes to my home town in eastern Oregon. That's the feeling I used to feel as I drove over the coastal range and glimpsed the ocean. That's the feeling I used to feel as I drove through the city of Portland. But I'm probably not going back for a long time (haven't been back since 2007 when I cleaned out my Mom's home after she died), so it's sort of unsettling.

Here in Minnesota, I still feel welcome, but in a different, more grounded way. It's been my home for almost half my lifetime, but I'll never really belong here...be welcome like I was where I grew up.

Perhaps it's because I was raised in a different place with different mores and values. Perhaps it's because of my contrary nature. Perhaps it's because I still miss the high desert, the mountains, the open spaces, the ocean.

Even though I've always been at home wherever I (physically) am, within myself, I'd like to feel that enfolding peace and welcome again.

STOP.

4 comments:

jhanson1227 said...

I think I've never moved from my hometown for the very reason that you listed. I don't think I'd ever feel as welcome anywhere as I do right here in my little hometown.

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Blessings,
Jessica

Christine said...

I know that feeling. I sometimes feel like God dropped me off in the middle of now where and forgot about me. It's hard to feel home where I am when most of the people in the area are all connected somehow. They really aren't interviewing for new friends most of the time.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I hope you start to get that feeling where you live now.

Lisa said...

Thank you all. :) I originally moved to Minnesota to marry my husband. All his family is here, and they're very close-knit, so it seemed cruel to make him move away from them.

Mostly I'm at home wherever I am, and am happy here, but there are moments when I realize that I can be here for a gazillion years, yet because I'm not FROM here, this isn't necessarily home. If that makes sense. :)