I had big dreams – of great mountains, and bacon-smoked air. Steadiness and flying. Steady flying. I wanted to build a life and a family – and even a home. I had no idea all of these things would happen, and are still happening (house renovations!!), and my biggest dream used to be that I’d get to this place without anxiety. Wow, how I’m glad I still got to this place anyway, even with my anxiety. It’s made the climb more ragged and dangerous, but with the air up there sweeter than I imagined.
That doesn’t mean I don’t think about my hometown. Scarlet and Des live in the very town they were born in – what kind of magic is that? Me? I never did live in the town with the hospital that held my birth. It was a zig-zaggy, to-and-fro journey.
By the way, did you come here for the amazing Easter craft, or for the Finish the Sentence Friday prompt? I got ya either way! Sometimes I’m one or the other, and sometimes I’m all at once. I needed to end this week a certain way – with tiny spots of wisdom and experience – in between adorable Easter pics. Or is it tiny Easter pics in between wisdom and experience?
In NJ, it is customary to love either Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, or a hearty dose of both. For years, I preferred another Bruce – Bruce Hornsby. I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen on my 9th year out of New Jersey. I don’t think it has anything to do with taking the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl. It’s just that Bruce Springsteen rocks. I’m not so far from home anymore that I miss what I missed when I was in California – Dunkin Donuts. Autumn. 24hr diners.
I was born in Dover, NJ. I lived near there in Rockaway, NJ for the first five years of my life but did all my schooling, from elementary school to high school, in Roxbury, NJ. Specifically, we lived in Flanders, since Roxbury is giant and full of several towns. During college and for a few years after graduation, I lived in central New Jersey – in or near Rutgers University.
I miss my family and friends. I miss the roots that took 27 years to lay down. You can’t just rip them up and leave. Rather, you leave roots down there and every now and then, you need to visit and nurture your roots. I have no desire to ever move back, but I do miss the people. As for Massachusetts, I love that we’re 2-3 hours from NYC, 1-2 hours from Boston, three hours from Maine, and under an hour to Connecticut and the Berkshires. I love the wilderness in our city, the politics and people, the local, organic food, the dreamy springs and exquisite autumns..what we find in our gardens.. the spirt and togetherness.
When the sun sinks low all around
That’s when I know I need you now
You’re what I miss” — Bruce Hornsby
In my hometown, I learned how to do arts and crafts. Silly as it sounds, it’s one of the single most powerful memories I have. My mom’s art studio above the trees – looking out from the third floor of the house, and her art school below my bedroom. I looked out over the woods too, and I often woke up to the murmur of children’s voices below the floorboards. Learning art.
Embroidery Floss, multi-colors
Candy, suckers or small chocolate bunnies
- Draw some large and small egg shapes on the different colors of felt. You can make these any size you would like.
- Cut these out.
- Now draw half egg shapes the same size as the other eggs you drew on the felt, but make the tops jagged like the top of a cracked egg.
- Cut these out and lay one jagged half egg on top of a whole egg you cut out earlier.
- Thread your needle with a piece of embroidery thread and tie a knot at the end. Sew the top piece to the bottom piece by sewing along the outer edges of the egg. Do not sew the top jagged edge to the back piece (just sew on itself), as this will be your opening for your candy.
- Now that the eggs are sewn together and you should have a little pouch so you can put a piece of candy in it!
- Have fun!
This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “My Hometown..” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on the matter: HERE.