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“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” -Miriam Adeney

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There’s an old saying that “home is where the heart is,” but I’m not quite sure I agree with it. I agree more with a quote from Miriam Adeney: “You will never be completely be at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”

Today is my last day visiting my hometown of Odessa, Texas. It’s always a very bittersweet day for me; while I’m very sad to end my Christmas holiday and my visit with my parents, I’m at the same time pretty excited to go home to Houston. Always a big dreamer with big plans, I moved to Houston in July of 2002. I immediately fell in love with the busy, speedy, sprawling expanse that is the 4th largest city in the United States. I slowly made the city mine (thank you Google Maps). I adventured all over different neighborhoods in the metro area; I spent time discovering new places, making new friends, and eventually found myself.

That’s what makes this day so difficult, I think. Though I love Houston, and it is home, part of me remains here in Odessa with my parents. Part of me is in Austin with my sister and her family. It think the old saying should really read “home is where your people are.” Home IS my people.

Thank you for welcoming me HOME again, family.


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