Today was the first day of my new job. It is the start of a new chapter. I've returned to my home state of Ohio, and it makes me feel happy. I have not lived in Ohio for nearly 16 years, and I have been longing to come back home.
I missed being closer to my family and long time friends, a car ride verses a plane ride. Just doing everyday things together and not feeling like every visit is about trying to catch up. Wanting to be there instead of living through pictures. Feeling the hugs and hearing the laughs instead of remembering them or imagining them as we spoke on the phone or sent messages.
I missed the seasons, the snow and the fall. I missed it being cool enough to enjoy hot tea or hot chocolate. I missed the rich warm hues of fall leaves. I missed having some gray days to hide away and curl up with a blanket. I missed the quiet brightness of the snow. I missed the tulips and daffodils. I missed the rustle of leaves when the wind blows. I missed the cool summer nights. I missed the reduced humidity, so as not feeling like you need gills to breathe. I missed the sweet corn. I missed the richness of the varying shades of green and grass that feels soft beneath your feet.
T~ will follow once he secures a job. Then he will come with all of our stuff. I will be in temporary housing until then. He is also excited to return to Ohio as his family live here, as well. It will be nice to be closer to family. And we have friends here and near by, too.
Something about home runs deep. It feels good to be home at last.