I am delighted to be over at Jen Pollock Michel’s place today with a story of home. Jen is the author of Teach Us to Want, a book that won numerous awards in 2014 and 2015, when it came out. She’s getting ready to launch her second book around the concept of HOME, so it was a delight to get to write for her today!
Click here to read the full story, and be sure to get to know Jen through her website. You won’t be disappointed, because don’t you too long for home, with all its memories and musings?
412 Pelican Landing Way, Brisbane, California 94005
It was our first home together, the place whose doors we first danced through after our honeymoon on Maui. I learned how to cook food that extended beyond the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe’s in her kitchen, and in her bathroom I giggled with joy and shock at two lines on a pregnancy test.
My husband and I became us in that house. I, for instance, came to realize how much he loves ketchup. And he (for instance) came to realize how I much refuse to let one drop of said ketchup go to waste before opening a new bottle.
“But there’s one tablespoon of ketchup left!” he’d exclaim, eager for a sparkly new bottle of Heinz 57.
“Exactly, honey: reduce, reuse, recycle. And we’re not recycling that bottle until it’s all squeezed out.”
If only ketchup remained our greatest worry.
In that place we both realized we don’t like to be wrong. We don’t necessarily like to say, “I’m sorry,” and we sure don’t like to admit that marriage can be hard work. But we also realized how much we desire the best for the other person – how we want to be the best team we can be, even if we disagree and don’t see eye to eye and find that sleeping on the couch sometimes isthe best option after a night’s fight.
I think that’s why our abrupt move, a year and a half into marriage, slayed me.
So, are you eager to know why the abrupt move, a year and a half into marriage, slayed me? Head on over to Jen’s website to read the rest of the article, and don’t forget to pre-order a copy of her book!
How do you long for home? What are some your favorite memories and musings of a place you once lived? Tell us a story, now!
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