Nostalgia

March 4, 2013

Family on the Road

Cedar Creek

Today Thing One asked, “Do you think someday I’ll be nostalgic for this trip? For living in the RV?”

Right now I’m laying on our bed, Brent napping silently next to me, as winter storm approaches over the distant mountains. Thing One and Thing Two are playing a game of chess, an insisted upon break from technology.

The peace is engulfing.

Dead Can Dance is playing over the stereo bringing back memories of college. Memories of conversations filled with questions. The sort of questions we seem to forget to ask as we grow older. Memories of groggy but happy mornings after a late night dancing with friends. Memories of exhilaration contemplating the unknown and “open road” of an entire life ahead of you.

Then my thoughts drift to the smell of Rosie’s barn and my 11 years old hands rubbing the muzzle of my horse, my first true love…

I’m so nostalgic that sometimes I miss things that have yet to happen.

Returning to the present…

Yes, Thing One and Thing Two, someday I think you’ll hear a Muzak version of Radiohead in an elevator and remember meals and family prayers around our little dinette. The mention of Harry Potter won’t bring back memories of spells and wands but of long drives and shared emotions. The smell of diesel might spark a strange desire to hold the ones you love.

This is why that I’m making a decision to catch up on this little blog, our public diary. For you Thing One. For you Thing Two. For you, my love.

For us.

When that nostalgia hits I want us to be able to pull these memories down off a shelf and remember the beignets covered with mounds of powdered sugar in New Orleans. Remember the excitement of riding the subway in New York. Remember cozy days on the couch doing school.  Remember the winter we spent riding snowboards like magic carpets.

Remember when your crazy parents moved you into an RV to live like newschool nomads and we shared a closeness that I know will leave me aching with nostalgia.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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I'm Jenn and I'm so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I'm stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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8 Responses to “Nostalgia”

  1. Wanda Says:

    Well I am sure Thing 2 will become very nostalgic after he has his own family !! What a wonderful childhood memories you and Brent have made for him and all the family. The memories will last a lifetime.

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  2. Terry Says:

    Have been following you since November 2012 when we sold everything and hit the road. You have inspired me and kept me going when I wanted to give up. Your kids I pray will look back and realize the most incredible life they have had.

    I like your map with pins so I can see where you’ve been and comments about the stop. How do you do the map? I’d like to do the same to keep up with our nostalgic travels.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Terry

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    • jennincat Says:

      Hi Terry. This is one of the nicest comments ever. It feel so good to hear you’ve found encouragement through our little blog.

      Brent did the map. He said it’s just a personalized Google map. He drops the pins of our locations and embedded it on the blog. I hope that helps. I’m not techy at all. Let me know if you need more info on how to do it. :-)

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  3. Deb Says:

    Wow this beautiful post brought me to tears!

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  4. Shannon Says:

    I don’t always comment, but your blog ALWAYS inspires. It’s a dream for many of us yet to actually make the break :)
    Your little blog stirs an ocean of bliss. Don’t underestimate your positive influence! The dreamers are attracted to your site. I found you somehow. I think I saw a comment you posted on another blog.
    And I LOVE Dead Can Dance…my children love Into the Labyrinth.
    Peace~

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    • jennincat Says:

      Thank you SO MUCH for the kind (and very eloquent) words. I’ve been lagging on this blog and while I write it for my family it’s nice to know someone else enjoys it. Oh and your children and you have good taste. I wouldn’t be surprised if we shared other music interest. Cocteau Twins? This Mortal Coil, perhaps? :-)

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