“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” We’ve heard this cliche spoken a million times. Usually in regards to relationships.
But it’s also true of places.
We’re gearing up for a trip to Oregon in two-and-a-half weeks (what?? so soon??!) and my heart is about to explode with excitement about it.
I’ve lived overseas for most of my adult life.
I moved out when I was 17. Took off for Europe when I was 18. Returned to Oregon at 19. Left for Asia at 22. And have been living in Australia since 23.
In the 18ish years I’ve been living on my own, only 4ish of them were actually in Oregon.
But in my mind, Oregon (Central Oregon actually) is this near-perfect place that I always can’t wait to get back to. (Yes, having my family and church and “old” friends there definitely contribute to that.)
I realize that some of my perception has grown out of a longing and homesickness for the familiar, but still, there’s this awareness of just how incredible my little mountain “town” really is.
An awareness that certainly wasn’t there until I “grew up” and moved away.
And I know it’s real because I go back there and it does not disappoint.
It really is that awesome.
Who knows if I’ll ever live there again.
I might live the rest of my days in Australia. Or not.
But I know one thing for certain, my heart is big enough to have two homes (not including my real one in heaven).
I love my Oregon. I can’t wait to introduce the newest Booker boy to her goodness, and my other Booker boys to the glories of her summer.
Two-and-a-half weeks and counting…
until I’ll be home.
Q for you: Have you experienced the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” phenomenon in regards to a person or a place?
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