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.
1. Write for 5 minutes (no editing, tweaking or self critiquing)
2. Link back to her site ( 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:


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 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.



Anonymous 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!


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. :)