Going home

“You wouldn’t know it by looking at me now, but I was showing some promise once upon a time.” ~ John Mellencamp

I head back to Seattle in the morning after spending a couple weeks in Utah with my family. It’s been a hard trip. Funerals and farewells are kinda like that. However, it’s also been a good trip. Reconnecting with family and old friends is good for the soul.

I’ve spent a lot of time walking around Salt Lake City at night during this trip. Some of that was just my way of quietly grieving, but some of it was a desire to get to know my hometown again. It’s good to see Salt Lake City has grown up. It suddenly feels like a modern, metropolitan city. I can almost imagine living here.

However, it’s not home anymore. It hasn’t been for a long time. I’m homesick for Seattle. I ache to smell the ocean. I miss the faint smell of Starbuck’s coffee and marijuana at almost every street corner. I want to walk in a gentle rainstorm again. I need to see my kids and laugh with friends. I want to see the stupid Space Needle and listen to the Monorail roll past my apartment. It’s funny how a place works its way into your soul. “Home” is as much a state of mind as it is a place.

I need to thank some folks before leaving Utah.

Dave, Julie, Zack and Dakota

140907-dave-julie-161

Dakota, left to right, Zack, me, Dave and Julie.

Thanks for opening your home to me. It was great to spend time with you guys. You have a beautiful place, and I love your dogs.

Uncle Chuck
Thanks for spending time with me. Your openness helped me understand what you and your family have gone through. It’s been a hard journey, and I hope the worst of it is behind you.

Mom
Thank you for taking care of Dad. I think I understand how hard it is, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mayor Bigby
Thanks for the whiskey and Mexican food.

This entry was posted in Photography, Travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s