A few thoughts about our recent trip home to Ohio and return to Indiana:
- We have a strange definition of “home”. Is Akron, Ohio or Huntington, Indiana home? I guess, yes. Huntington has become home for us but there is also a comfort of being in Akron with family. Our children do not know Ohio as home. We don’t have a home church in Akron any longer because we feel out of place where we used to attend.
- It is good to connect with old friends. I was able to eat breakfast and spend some time with Pastor Ford, Josh & Kim. It’s nice to be able to pick up where you left off. I have always appreciated their friendship and wish that we were geographically closer together.
- I purchased a CD from the coffeeshop that I visit when we go to Akron. It is a Putumayo American Folk CD that has become sort of a soundtrack. Like here in Huntington, I need to visit a coffeeshop to unwind often when we return home to Akron. There is a Rico Latte off of Route 8 that seems to be a comfortable spot and they are constantly playing the CD that I purchased. Some of the artists on it are Peter Mulvey, Eric Bibb and Shannon McNally. In the liner notes,many of the artists refer to Gillian Welch as inspiration.
- Our house is a mess. We left to go home to Akron before we were able to recover from an early Christmas morning.
- The weather has been warm enough to continue planting bulbs that will grow when spring comes. The other night, Isaac and I were outside in the dark. He was holding the flashlight while I dug to plant some tulip bulbs.
- It is great to hear about the success that Valley Forge is having. Their enrollment is upwards of 975. When I attended, it was around 550. The theatre was recently remodelled. I remember seeing my first JC Powerhouse in the theatre. I also remember watching “The Three Musketeers” and “Arsenic and Old Lace” in there.
- Since we are past December 21, each day will be longer than the one before. This business of the sun getting up at 8:15 am and going down at 5:00 pm is not for me.