Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Homeward Bound

Homeward bound,
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

These lyrics have been playing over and over in my head all morning as today is the day that I am indeed homeward bound after a delightful couple of weeks in America.

There is a great deal of pleasure in travel. It seems that the newness of everything opens the mind, gives you a fresh perspective and creates independence. It also enables you to meet and mix with new people, which in my opinion is always a wonderful opportunity.

But for me there is a such a joy in returning home. Home to my cat, home to my things, home to where there is comfort in the familiar.

And most importantly - home, where my love lies waiting, silently for me.

The Jigsaw Puzzle of my Life

I've spent the last two weeks in Princeton Junction, New Jersey staying with a very good and old friend of mine. Old in terms of the fact we've known each other for over 30 years - thought I should preface that, just in case she reads this post.

It's been a marvellous, yet gentle and easy time. How wonderful it is to fall back into the company of old friends. It seems that no matter how long ago it's been since you've seen them, time has no real meaning and you slot back together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. No explanation is required and there is no need for us to fill in all the gaps. Instead we talk about love and happiness and we reminisce about times gone by and boys that made our hearts beat faster. We work together in the kitchen, preparing supper and singing to old Sister Sledge songs and we laugh. We laugh a lot. And it makes me think that the jigsaw puzzle picture of my life would not be complete without my friend Julie in it.