(Pillow for sale at Charming By Nina)
Are you happy with where you live? We can all probably come up with pros and cons no matter where we are. Either the weather is too hot, or too cold. The economy is bad. The cost of living is too high. The schools are too large. The schools are too small. The list and reasons can go on. Some of these reasons are very legitimate for a place not being desirable. The bottom line, though, is that any place can be considered “home” as long as you’re with the one, or one’s, you love.
This is a fact that I’ve experienced many times in my life and have had it proven to me every time. This was brought to the forefront of my thoughts again this weekend. My mother, dad and I travelled the six hour drive from West Central Pennsylvania to Cincinnati for an Oktoberfest party that my brother and wife were having on Saturday. The other reason we went there was to bring my 26 year old nephew back with us for a great job opportunity here in Pennsylvania. He has a wife, two step children, a two year old daughter, a baby on the way, and a job that was becoming much less secure. He realizes that he needs to take advantage of the opportunity that exists here in PA so that he can provide more and better for his family. There is also a family home here that is sitting empty right now and after his training is complete it will be ready for his whole family to move into. We’re very proud of him for realizing his responsibilities and doing what he needs to do. The one and only downfall to this good news story is that his wife is not very willing to move. She is still to this day trying to decide if she’s going to move here with him. My nephew is sure he’ll get her talked into it.
This whole situation has brought back memories for me of all the moves and new neighborhoods, new friends, new schools and new houses I’ve experienced when I was a young girl. My dad was moved quite a bit with job promotions when I was a school girl and there was just never a discussion or an issue about these moves. It was always for a better opportunity for Dad and our family. Mom never questioned whether or not we would go. This occurred several times through the years and I never ever thought of not wanting to go wherever that next move was. As long as I was with Mom and Dad and my two brothers, then that was my home and I was happy. Mom always made every house a warm, loving and pretty home. Yes, it was sometimes very rough being the new girl in a new school. But you’re not the new girl forever and it only made me a much stronger and more sociable person. I always had the love and support and encouragement of my family. My home was where my family and the love was. The city that we lived in never mattered.
I’m sure this will all work out for my nephew and his family. My family will continue to talk to and encourage his wife and help her come to realize what we already know to be true: Home is Where the Heart is.
This little mini quilted pillow was made by me and can be purchased from my Etsy site