Notions of Home

Sometimes when we travel, I think about home. What I notice most is that some places just don’t feel like home. As is the case here in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Lots more people live here than what I’m used to. And there are lots of big developments here that weren’t here when DH lived here. They look so out of place on the landscape. Very large, and I’m sure very nice, homes, one after another, on little plots of land. They look all much alike. Big boxes on the landscape.

DIL’s house (where we’re staying) is nestled in a nice neighborhood, and has a great park nearby. No computer! (I’m on a public machine for a bit at the library… 34 minutes left!). Even so, the houses look different to me, although they don’t look out of place.

When we lived in Harrisburg I was very aware that there are not bodies of water all over the place… no large lakes, no small lakes, very few ponds, and most of those created by a dam. The dirt was the wrong color! The glacier was never here! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

You know how, say, all ants look much alike? I wonder if somebody from some other place came here… would they think all of our houses look much alike? Would they think that they all look out of place on the landscape? I feel like houses and neighborhoods that have been in place for a while (like over 50 years!) don’t look so out of place, but maybe they all are. Maybe we all should live in caves or in houses made of living trees…

Good thing I live where I do.

It is good to see family here, so this isn’t a total whine! Well, I said I was going to the grocery store…

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    Chris said,

    December 11, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    I think so much of the country looks more and more like every other part of the country with strip malls and those big box houses/townhouses. That makes me sad, too. And the lack of lakes is weird when I leave Minnesota!

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    kmkat said,

    December 11, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    Landscape becomes deeply rooted in us, I think. I loved that the PA dirt was the wrong color; I myself am quite sure that dirt should be black.

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    Sara said,

    December 11, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

    For the past 13 years (or so) I have lived in small town USA – first Jonesborough, TN and now here in Claremont, NH.

    I can’t get used to going back to Florida – it seems like a concrete jungle – and I think to myself – how the heck did I ever live here for 50 years? (Of course – things didn’t really change until I was about 18 – and we got all the growth in Tampa – but still it was amazing what happened in 32 years!)

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    Sue said,

    December 11, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    Philly is friendlier than it seems at first – how long are you around? If you feel like coming into town this weekend let me know, I know where the fun yarn stores are :)

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    December 13, 2009 @ 8:15 am

    Sounds like time in Suburbia – part of the reason I didn’t stay in the DC area – I didn’t like the pace, either. What I missed most at the time was what I considered a “Maine sensibility” – perhaps it is a “country sensibility.” Welcome home!

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