I grab the compact black suitcase from the back of the closet, while a small redheaded human tugs on my leg yelling “Cracker, cracker!”
“You have crackers,” I reply rolling my eyes and wrangling the illusive bag. Once it’s free I haul it to our room, where I diligently go through each day, planning what I’m going to wear, and anticipating unpredictable Midwest weather.
“I need a vacation,” I lament in my head and a heavy sigh escapes my soul.
“You’re going to Chicago, AGAIN,” my Facebook friends declare when I announce my departure to last weekend’s CREATIVE SOUL retreat.
I get it.
Since I’ve met the girls, I’ve been to Chicago practically every other month for a conference, meet up or just some fun girl time. I know it’s a lot, but the hubs gives me the green light, says it’s fine “he’s got this” and I’m free to fly.
So I fly.
Soaring toward my second home, my heart skipping beats in anticipation. Her home is like my home, comfortable and full boys and Star Wars figures. The only difference is, here I’m not a mom, I’m the cool friend that comes to visit, and plays light sabers, and rescues friends from carnivorous dresses.
I like that feeling. The freedom to be someone different, even if only for a while. It’s nice to let my guard down and not worry about time, and running out of it.
After a couple of days, and hearing the voices from home. I long to return to them. Not because my current locale is lacking. In fact it’s brimming full of life, love and acceptance. However, the heart remembers home, its REAL home. And no matter how many miles you travel the heart longs for the familiar.
Then the internal struggle begins, and every child’s laugh sounds like theirs, and every Star Wars reference reminds me of him. And it’s official …
Torn between two worlds, my real home and my home away from home.
My heart feels like it’s ripped to shreds with each departure and arrival, no matter which destination. I can’t bring myself to say goodbye and long to say hello, a crazy dichotomy that my heart can barely withstand.
And yet still I keep on driving the long highways and byways traveling back and forth, between my Ying and Yang, each one needing the other, but totally separate.
Oh, how I wish I could take the two and meld them into one happy little neighborhood no further than mere footsteps apart.
One day, with any luck, they will meet, and on that day my world will become one.
Until then I will cherish each one in my heart, the Ying and Yang healing the torn holes created by the goodbyes, and hellos.
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