Thursday, March 21, 2013

Home is Where the Heart is...

My hometown of Maysville, Kentucky

Oliver Wendell Holmes said "Home is a place that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." There's a lot of truth in these words. I will be spending a couple of days in my hometown during Easter weekend. I am so looking forward to being able to see my adorable niece and nephew, my mother and father, and my best friend in the world – my sister.

What is it about returning to our hometown that makes us feel that way? Perhaps it’s the nostalgia that seeps into our senses from the moment we step foot back on the soil of our origin, the secure familiarity of a family member’s hug, or the sense of calmness that comes from being surrounded by the sights and sounds of yesteryear. Whatever it is, it’s one of the nicest feelings that I’ve ever known.

When I travel back to my hometown, memories begin to flash back, fun times passed are talked about, and moments that were once embarrassing can now be laughed at (thank GOD). I love driving around to places where memories were made and seeing what places have changed and what places have remained the same.

Do you get to visit your hometown often? What are your feelings when you do?

153 comments:

  1. I visit my hometown a few times a year, am always nostalgic. Often I will drive past the old family house there and reminisce in my mind about childhood times. I can still name the families that lived up and down the block, as we really KNEW one another. And yes, old stories surface. Old gossip comes back to life. And there is a yearning to lie in that backyard....experience once again the 'green, green grass of home' feeling and once more have that feeling of being warmed by the sun & everything is good and possible & the future is all ahead.... Thanks for the topic! I really could go on and on.

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  2. I was a military brat and we moved a lot when I was a kid, so I really don't have a hometown.

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  3. Your hometown looks like a very quaint and inviting place - almost with a Norman Rockwell aura to it. I'm sure it holds many cherished memories.
    I was raised in Southern California, but my family moved numerous times - which made it impossible for me to have a home town. I've moved many times as an adult, too.

    True to my Hungarian blood, I'm a wandering gypsy......

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  4. My hometown has become the town I live in now. I have been here for thirty years and raised two children here. We have so many connections in this small town and I always appreciate coming home after traveling elsewhere.
    PS: I love that your best friend is your sister. I am SO lucky to have eight best friends! Seven brothers and one sister and they are all my best friends.

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  5. Your hometown looks lovely. My parents still live where I grew up, I go back a couple of times a year. Initially I'm relaxed, I enjoy the calm and quiet of the place, but after a couple of days I'm ready to leave.

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  6. My hometown grew and changed so very much and I have no one left there. I visit in memory fairly regularly the home town that DID exist. For me the saying should read, "you can take the body out of the hometown but you can never take the hometown out of the heart."

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  7. I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla, left it at eighteen, and moved back in my 40's to a completely different city from my youth. I used to know Jax well, but today, it's just a big place where I live. If it weren't for my parents and sister still living here, I could easily go live someplace else.

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  8. My native hometown is in Southern Italy by the Mediterranean sea. I visited a over a year ago, and it was quite emotional. I hadn't been back since I was a little girl. I cried tears of joy as soon as my feet touched the water of that beautiful sea of my childhood. But Thomas Wolfe is right, "You can't go home again." My life is here now. I'll always have the memories.

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  9. I still say I am a New Yorker even though I left when I was a child ... it is my home and will be forever ... AZ is just the place that I have to live :) I haven't been back home in awhile ... but I need to :)

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  10. Mine is only 2 hours away, so I visit the other bay, can't say much nostalgia comes back though. Probably because I haven't been far away from that bay.

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  11. so beautiful keith! i hope you have a beautiful time with your family :) i visit my hometown all the time, i only live about 30 minutes from it right now and although its a place i see often, i still get that nostalgic emotion as i drive past my old school and stomping grounds.

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  12. You described it all perfectly. I feel the same way when I visit my hometown, which isn't very often, but always brings me so much joy when it happens. I get particularly emotional and nostalgic when I meet up with my family and old friends, and travel through places I have created memories at, especially during my childhood and when my own kids were young. It's such an emotional, overwhelming feeling.

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  13. nice...i get back much more often now...i used to live a ways away, now i am only an hour...it is interesting to me how much it has changed since i was little...was just talking to someone this morning on another blog about that....walking into the home of my childhood though has such a comforting feel to it...it is def relaxing...and i like rediscovering parts of town as well...

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  14. My hometown is a little town in northern NJ and I haven't been back in years and years. No family there - we've all moved away. My husband was is the military for 20 years and we traveled around a lot. My home is wherever I am. : )

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  15. Beautiful post! I am not sure where my hometown is as I was born in southeastern Missouri and moved to western Illinois as a child of 3.

    I do know where your hometown is though as I have a sister in West Virginia and have traveled through KY many times. I long ago decided that Kentucky was the most beautiful state in the US. Have a wonderful time. Be sure and tell your sister what you just stated in your post.

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  16. Lovely...
    No matter where you go your heart belongs to your hometown

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  17. I grew up in Jamaica so I don't know when if ever I will revisit my hometown. I do go back to the resort beach areas and I have to say it's the food I enjoy the most!

    Your hometown looks like a slice of Europe in the USA!

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  18. I still live in my hometown!! I love going away and then coming back. It's like visiting an old friend! =)

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  19. Beautiful picture and lovely tribute to your family. I grew up in south central PA, and although I visit there more on occasion now that my Dad is ill, I'm SO glad I moved away. The people who stayed are so close minded and judgmental and don't like outsiders. It's like a time warp, but the food is always a comfort to me.

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  20. I still live in my hometown and despite how bad it can be at times, it still has a lot of charm too and places I really like. Enjoy your time at home :)

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  21. I live one thousand miles away from my hometown, and I only get back there for about ten days each summer. I miss it so much. It's a small town, and I've always like the way it feels to live there. People can be nosey, yes, but they're friendly and genuinely caring. I live in a large city now, and although I have friends here, I feel more anonymous. They're are good points about city life, too, but I miss my home.

    Happy Thursday. ☺

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  22. Nice photo and wonderful to have a best friend who is also your sister. I am more like the guy who said "you can never go home again"...home has changed so much and me too, more like going back to a dream, or like trying to catch that river that always is moving.

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  23. Wow, look at that town, I think I would like to go back there too. It is definitely a trip right down memory lane every time you go back isn't it? There is comfort in that I agree. Have a great couple of days for Easter with the fam.

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  24. You're right! I haven't lived in my hometown for many a year, but I always feel like I'm 'home' when I visit.

    Nice to hear your sister is your best friend, I hope my kids are able to say such things their whole lives too. :)

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  25. So happy to hear, that you love returning to your home town. And that you still have family living there.

    Not I. My home town is just 13 miles to the east, but it was/is a "one horse town." Nothing to get nostalgic about. I have no interest in returning. Oh sometimes we take-a-ride over, and look around. I am happy to say that the home I grew up in, is still lived in and taken care of. This is nice.

    But all in all, you have a much happier view of your home town! Wonderful for you!

    Enjoy your time there!!!!!!!!! :-)

    "Auntie"

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  26. 2 years out of the hometown meant detaching a part of me and keeping it aside. I decided to stay here as long as I can. Around my parents especially. So, chose a university in the same sitting. I keep hopping back and forth from hostel to home in a week to keep the bone alive.

    I can imagine the excitement that must be going on in your heart about this. Home is a feeling better than anything. Reminds me of daughtry singing 'Home'. Hope you enjoy the stay.

    P.S.
    Thanks. Words make a lot of difference to me. They did. :)

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  27. My home town is NYC - I have no friends or relatives there any more, and it changes constantly so very little is the same for very long - still - in the fall, looking out over Central Park from 5th Avenue, brings me to tears.

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  28. haven't been back home in 6 1/2 yrs.

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  29. I love the picture you've posted of a town nestled in at the foot of those tree-covered mountains, so gorgeous. Enjoy your trip.

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  30. I know what you mean and I don't know how to explain it - it is just a feeling of peace and safety! sandie

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  31. I visit my hometown of Harlan, KY about once a month or so. I love the places where my family lives, but anymore I get really depressed when I'm there. I get depressed because the place is all the same, and also because it is so different, if that makes sense. I know I could never move back there. It will always be in my heart, though, and it will always be "home."

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  32. Haven't been back to my hometown since I left when I was around 13. I live about 50km's from there now but never had the urge to retun funny enough. Perhaps I was too young when I left and it holds no attraction for me. Suppose the fact I have not family there anymore contributes to this.
    Trust you will be telling us all about your journey there over your next few posts.

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  33. I don't visit my hone town because no one is left and that brings on sadness.

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  34. I really left my hometown at seventeen in order to go to university and only came home during the holidays. I had somehow lost the connection with the place and when my parents retired to a much nicer place on the coast, I was relieved.

    Still am, in fact. There's a lot to do there for young and old; it has incredible weather and gorgeous scenery and, best of all, my parents live there.

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  35. I don't have a "home town" really. We moved a lot when I was a kid--about every five years--so there isn't one particular place.

    My "heart town" however is Edinburgh. Every day that I'm away, I miss that wonderful city, my friends, my husband's family that became my own.

    Maysville looks like a beautiful town. Hope you have a great Easter visit!

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  36. Maysville looks beautiful.
    Within the last few years I moved back home after 35 years of moving around the US. In those 35 years I came home every couple years to visit and sometimes as the plane swept down and across the cornfields I would have tears surface.. the feelings of nostalgia were so strong.

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  37. Your blog really ought to be called 'Pause for Thought' because that is what each of your posts causes me to do. I have never lived in a town but have always lived in the same county having moved house several times. It holds many happy memories for me, but I would still have those whichever county I lived in.

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  38. I live at home now. When I lived in Kansas City, GA and in Savannah, MO I really loved going home! It did strike an odd cord when a movie theater was demolished, or my parents got new carpeting and forgot to tell me.

    I to love the memories! They are so important.

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  39. I had lived away from my hometown for 28 years and moved back last year. It's changed, yes, but still the same in many ways. If I hear a certain song on the radio from back in the day or pass by a park I used to frequent as a kid, it does evoke strong memories.

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  40. You have a beautiful hometown...and those words are so true. I have not seen my hometown in over 30 years (life) and makes me sad a lot but I suck it up. I notice your feelings in my husband who is from tiny town in Nebraska and every time he leaves it is as if he left his childhood...very precious. Wishing you a beautiful visit...pictures please : )

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  41. Sounds like you have a lovely hometown and family Keith. You are truly blessed with what truly counts!

    I'm not nostalgic for my home city at all, left as soon as I could when I was 18 and only went back there to live when I had to for financial reasons. :<( Now I live surrounded by the mountains of BC. :<)

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  42. My Dad's job moved us at lot ala service folk; 14 schools by high school graduation. Then we stayed put until I married. My home was really with my grandmothers, one in Washington and one in Oregon. They are gone and other families live in their houses now but I drive by when I am in town and get that same feeling of "home" for me. It was the people more than the home I guess.

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  43. Lovely, lovely home town you have by the way.

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  44. I have never left my hometown. While it's nothing great, and certainly not as pretty as yours, I can't imagine living anywhere else. It's definitely where my heart is.

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  45. I lived mainly in my 'hometown' until I was 17. It feels like home and at the same time it doesn't. It's one of those things, I guess, where I enjoy a bit of reminiscing for sure on some good times spent there...but glad I've found a new place to call home as the old one has changed quite a bit--and so have I. We just don't fit each other quite so well anymore, and that's ok. I like it better in my memory than in its present reality!

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  46. I don't really have a hometown - but can imagine how special it is for those who do. Enjoy your time at home!

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  47. I still live very close to my hometown. Maybe i need to move away to get that nostalgic feeling :-)

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  48. Your home town is beautiful, Keith, and looks to be exempt from the rampant expansion and development that descended upon mine. Is that the Ohio River in the foreground?

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  49. I didn't really find my hometown until I was already in my teens -- Sparta, New Jersey. I consider it that because all my best friends are there, or nearby in NYC. It has some of my favorite woods and scenery, all of the best winters of my life were spent there. It's one of the only places I've lived where I've never been stung by a bee! I've had so many wonderful encounters with life there, with humans and wild animals. It holds certain heartbreaks of mine as well, but nothing so bad to keep me away. I wish I could visit more. I was there this past winter and I hope to go again for a little while in the summer.

    I haven't been to Maysville, but it looks really beautiful, more than Murray, hahaha. Have a fun trip~

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  50. It is great that you are about to visit your hometown. It looks beautiful. I agree with you that it is a great feeling. We have not been to my Country for over twenty years. Ticket to India by plane is a lot of money. Between sending kids to college, mortgage and second mortgage and then my hubby's surgery it is one thing we had to put off. However for our kids, Hudson Valley in NY is their hometown and they love coming home.
    I hope that you have yet one more memory that you will make full of laughter, good food and good health. Aren't nieces and nephews the best!

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  51. I've called cities all over the world my home...I'm a single child so when I had a family of my own they became where my heart was no matter where that be. I'm actually southern born (Charlotte, NC) but western raised (Montana). For me Montana will always have something that beckons to me no matter what. Have a great visit my friend, I wish you the best!

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  52. As many times as I've returned to my hometown to visit my parents, I have no good feelings for it. I left town at 16 to attend a private high school and never looked back. I like it better out here where I'm free to experience broader horizons.

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  53. I love the beautiful nature of my homeplace, besides the sea and mountains. But I do love the unknown. I do not find a lot of comfort in what I know of my home as it did not give me a great feeling of security, when I lived there. I love when things change, and down there, it feels like it never does sometimes, except on the superficial level. I do love to see my family though, and I love going back to my own space after! :)

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  54. I haven't moved very far away from home, so don't have the experience you do, however, when I do visit the parish where my family originates, I do get that sense of completeness. Could be being around the family and all that.

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  55. Pretty town along the river!

    I grew up in the country on a farm. I don't get back to that area very often, and then it's usually just to drive through. But the nearest "town" was really a village, and I go there a couple of times a week some weeks for work because it's the county seat. I feel a lot of nostalgia when I take time to look around and remember things.

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  56. My hometown is now Ohope Beach, London and oakland in California. Even when I go back to my childhood home beach, I'm happy to return to Oakland. Not sure what that says really

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  57. I'm still living in my hometown with no way of moving away anytime soon. :(

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  58. The river and the green hills and the church steeples, your home is beautiful and picturesque, like out of a book. You are so blessed to be able to go home, too. I grew up in two different states, and now there is no one left there, so no reason to go back. Last week I found my old homes on the computer and I have been nostalgically looking at them.

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  59. Hi Keith .. what a gorgeous looking town. I get homesick thinking about Cornwall .. but recently have forever lost a few stalwarts - so 'home' will be different. I feel the same for South Africa and my friends .. but then I have many here and my small family, lots of cousins etc ..

    Home is a wonderful place - enjoy that visit ... family are so important .. cheers Hilary

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  60. Keith, what a beautiful post and a lovely photo of your hometown. I haven't visited the place where I grew up in many years. I would love to, though. I still have friends there even though my family moved away.

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  61. Thanks for you comment on my fourth wish blog. I hope you check out Victorian Scribbles, because the poem on it is your kind of sentiment, I think. Full of optimism! :-)

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  62. Nice looking place. My hometown is a similar size, also a river town, but on the northern part of the Mississippi River.

    Hometown is a mixed bag for me. The politics of small community aren't always pleasant, but the nostalgic memories are certainly a draw.

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  63. Going home is always a good thing and I too enjoy that. It's been a long time since I visited my hometown. Hardly anyone left there either.

    Have a terrific day and a very happy Easter too. ☺

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  64. Yes it gives a great sense of belonging doesn't it. When you are there drink plenty of water. I watched a science programme recently and apparently, the water from where we come from is the most beneficial to our bodies. Let me know!

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  65. What a lovely place to call your hometown! My husband is heading to Louisville KY tomorrow for a conference, his first time in your state. He hails from England and I from NYC originally. Home has nostalgia for us too.

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  66. For me, my hometown has physically changed from my memories of growing up. Sometimes it feels quite different from the way I remember it. I have also had the experience of being completely at ease in a city I am visiting for the first time- feeling at home in a place I have not been to before.
    Have a wonderful visit!

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  67. Your hometown looks so pretty! I get nostalgic when I go see my Mom who lives where I grew up, and I am there all the time as it is only 30 mins away, the feeling never gets old though :)

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  68. Looks like a lovely town! The river must be delightful for walks! :o)

    Lucky you to have a hometown! I don't. Always on the move as a kid. Home is where the heart is, so for me ever since I moved out "home" has been where my parents live as that's where I'm always sure to spend my Christmasses! :p

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  69. Home is where I am right now. Keith, unlike you, I have no wish to go back to my childhood home or other places that I've lived. For me they just feel like chapter endings - just part of the past.

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  70. I live in my hometown but I know the feeling you are taking about, I once live in Niagara Falls when I was 16, when I came home... I loved all the familiarity and memories it brings with it.... :)

    Have a great visit at home :)

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  71. Beautiful, but then again, it has water...and I am always drawn to water. Yes, I do go back to my hometown, but not very often...

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  72. I haven't been to my hometown in years! Really years! Reno's my hometown, but we left it for good when I was about eleven, and a few years ago I went back, and so many places were gone, gone, gone! The automobile museum is where we once lived in a little Victorian! What a strange feeling it was to see that.

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  73. i don't really like my hometown, but i love the little village in it i grew up in! now that i live in a different country i obviously can't visit that often, but am looking forward to going to my mum's for this summer:-) x

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  74. I go back to my hometown a couple of times a year, mostly to visit family there.

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  75. I left my hometown when I was 17 years old and haven't been back since.

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  76. Beautiful post, Keith. I do so once a year. It is not as close as yours... I will be visiting my hometown in a little bit less than a couple of weeks. My mind is filled with joy now, focusing on the moment I will get to see my parents, my sister and my grandmother.

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  77. I'm going back to Havana during Easter! :-) I haven't been for more than four years and miss it terribly. My family, my old neighbours, the streets. I dig what you say. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  78. It will be nice to visit with your family back home. I only live 40 minutes from where I grew up, so I visit often. The town looks very pretty near the river and all the gorgeous trees. Happy Easter!

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  79. My hometown is Stratford, Connecticut. Despite the fact that it's only claim to fame is that it's not BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut, I still love it.

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  80. I never realized how much I loved my hometown until I left it. I always wanted out, but now I do all my business and make all my big purchases there because I TRUST those people. I'd move back if we found the perfect home when the time comes. But for now, our little apartment in the city does just fine.

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  81. You really have such a pretty home town. Picture perfect.
    We moved so much when I was growing up that there are two places I consider home though I didn't live all that long in either. Diehl Lake, Ohio and Key West, Florida. Both make me smile when I return.

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  82. Kentucky is such a beautiful state, with so much to offer.
    My family moved a lot while I was growing p, so I don't have a childhood hometown. Colorado is very much my home.

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  83. Oh my Mom still lives in my hometown and I do not live far away and I still remember those memories I had forgotten triggered by a simple sound or glimpse of a familiar face. Oh there is nothing like hometown memories.
    Have fun and take in all you can to pull out later. B

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  84. Aha, human friend, Keith,

    You cannot assume that we all feel okay about visiting our home town. I know that memories for my human of where he was born, is laced with painful memories.

    My human lives with his heart fond of recollections of a later time, a more positive time in Vancouver,Canada. And now he has the courage to create a positive environment in England.

    Your home town looks a wondrous place with magical memories and positive anticipation upon your return this Easter.

    Peace to you, human.

    Pawsitive wishes, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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  85. I haven't left my hometown other than to travel. Everybody still knows everybody, personal business and all. Sometimes I long to escape and other times I appreciate the sense of comfort. Enjoy your time with family! :)

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  86. I never really had a home town...I lived on the outskirts of a city. I lived in a neighborhood.I still have the neighbor kids as friends. My own kids spent their last six years of school in a small hometown and they enjoy visits back to it with lots of memories.

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  87. I'm sort of in my "hometown." While I was away for several years, we returned to the area 40 years ago.

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  88. That is a beautiful hometown, Keith! Like a European village! Aaaah! Nostalgia is a wonderful balm. So nice that you have loved ones in your hometown to return to. I do go back to mine, but it is 3000 miles away and can't get there often. But I love to go in my mind. Hope you have a wonderful time! xx

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  89. A lovely picture Keith ~ I wish I can go home every year, but my native land is a world away ~ You are right, our heart remembers our home ~

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  90. For me it's the familiarity. It's knowing exactly where everything is, and how to get there. Less about the people, oddly enough -- don't keep in touch with too many back home. It's almost a little unsettling sometimes when I'm home and things have changed, as if you left your room a certain way and someone touched your stuff while you were on vacation.

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  91. You describe very well the feelings when one goes back home. I used to visit my hometown twice a year for decades when my parents, then my mother alone, were still with us, now I don’t go that often, as it is far and expensive. Unfortunately my hometown is a favorite tourist place so people don’t realize that it is my hometown, they think I go as a tourist. I miss it. Of course the language is not English so I enjoy speaking my native language there too. I traveled to my country last year, but not to my hometown, we went to Nice for close to a week. I went to my hometown in May 2011. I hope to go back this year or next. I know all the little streets so well, the metro, the buses, the little restaurants and out of the way shops, everything feels like home. My hometown, where I grew up and which I miss a lot is Paris, France.

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  92. My definition of "hometown" has changed more often than most. Now that I've moved back permanently to my original "hometown", the beloved town that I left has become my source for nostalgia and wistfulness. I'll tell you that moving back home was strange at first; being surrounded by all those memories and familiar places, all while trying to create a new life and new memories was an interesting juxtaposition.

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  93. I'm like you, visiting my hometown brings back wonderful memories and feelings. I remember growing up I couldn't wait to get out of there, now that I grew up and moved away, it's quite the opposite. I always look forward to anytime Garrett and I can male the trip back!

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  94. I love my home town and love to go back .

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  95. First off, thank you for the note on the chicken blog. I googled it and am now following it! Secondly, I really like the look of your home town. Is it on the Ohio River? It looks like it is on a river. I don't live to far from my home town. I go back occasionally. My parents still have a house there that we use as a cabin. The town has changed A LOT. It really has become a bedroom community for Boulder. It still is the fun little hippy town it was, but it just costs more to live there.

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  96. Yes and I love too, and this place look just beautiful Keith

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  97. I love going home. I always drive past my grandma's house when I'm there and it brings back the best memories from my childhood. I love your blogs. They are always so thought provoking and inspiring. Have fun during your visit! I get to go home in July. I'm really looking forward to it.

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  98. Home is only an hour from here but I don't go there much now that my parents are gone. Sometimes I miss it.

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  99. i still live in my hometown but there are a lot of places i feel like home... home is where your heart remains indeed..

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  100. Such a pretty shot. I don't really have a home town as I spent much of my life travelling and living in different countries.

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  101. What a beautiful city!!! We don't get back to our hometown very often. My husbands parents have both passed away, and mine no longer live there. When we do go back I hardly recognize it. It was so rural growing up, and now it's a bustling city. There is a bank where a nice couple used to have a chicken farm. It makes me sad because it's as if they were never there. Younger people would never even know that once a pretty little farm sat there.

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  102. My hometown is Montreal in Quebec, I still live in Quebec but not in a metropolitan city like Montreal, the few times I've been back, I've loved it...

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  103. Where ever family is, that is home to me.

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  104. I grew up in a suburb of Manchester, England. I visit once a year (sometimes twice) and it's nice to see it again, but Edinburgh, where I live now, is my real home

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  105. I envy you in some ways. I don't return to my Home town with any intent to do so. I have no kith or kin there now and very little is as I knew it. Sad.

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  106. My hometown is thousand and thousand miles away, I went twice since 2008. It's the best feeling in the world! I get so emotional every time I talked about my family back home. I just I missed them terribly:(

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  107. i still live in my hometown---but you have captures my feelings of what it is to go to where my grandmother lived----yes i believe you can go home again, no matter how much it has changed, our memories don't :)

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  108. The first time I went home after living away was the most special. Now home is wherever I am.

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  109. Right now I feel like I'm between homes. That's why I think it's also important to carry home around with you in your heart.

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  110. I travelled a lot as a kid, so had lots of homes, and actually each one of them evokes that special feeling of home and memories of people who are no longer with us.
    Your hometown looks beautiful. Have a lovely time with all your special ones.

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  111. I have not been back to my hometown in over 45 years. Never had the want to go back-don't really know why-but nothing there for me.
    my parents moved to the farm where she grew up after her parents passed-and I have gone back there many times-and for me really fond memories were always at the farm did not have a bad childhood, but my parents for some reason were not those that had an "open" or warm home where people enjoyed coming-totally different on the farm

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  112. A couple years ago I visited my hometown for the first time in around 15 years. What a shock. I wasn't expecting much, in my memory it was a beat up place that I left in my teens for greener pastures, but I was delighted to find myself enjoying it. Seeing it with fresh eyes made me realize what a great place it really was to grow up in. Enjoy your Easter vacation.

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  113. such a beautiful photograph

    wishing you a wonderful time 'back home' ~

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  114. I still live in my home state a few counties from where I grew up, so I'm able to go back for visits from time to time. I am beginning the process of packing up and leaving within the next year, however, so I am learning to appreciate the wonders of my state before I leave them for new and different landscapes. I will miss the swamps, the lakes, flat horizons, bright sunsets, the native birds, palm trees, sand, man-eating sinkholes.... well, most of these things anyway. :) Great post to inspire nostalgia, Keith.

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  115. We returned to our hometown two times last year, but I doubt if we'll ever go again. It isn't the same.

    Robin Hobb said it best: "Home is people. Not a place. If you go there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore."

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  116. Your hometown looks absolutely beautiful! I love the glow from the light in the photograph.

    Now that I teleport from place to place in college, I do start to miss my hometown more. I grew up in the suburbs but now go to school in a (dirty) inner city. It isn't one of the breathtaking, beautiful cities with a million glowing lights. I get so nostalgic! And BTW I followed your Pinterest! I love all of your inspiring artwork!

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  117. About 10 years ago, I moved 25 miles away from my hometown. I never got really far...but, always at least 2 or more hours away. The thing is, my parents moved away from there shortly after I got out of high school, my grandparents are gone and while I have reconnected with many high school friends in recent years (thank you FB), most of us aren't living there. I am there on occasion to eat or shop, but so much has changed that it isn't home to me anymore, except in my memories. I often wonder what it would be like to still have a hometown, but too many moves have taken that away from me.

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  118. To be honest I don´t live very far away from my home village - it´s just on the other side of the river "Lech" (Germany). But I believe that our experience in our home town is deep chanelled in our brain and when we see for example a special place there than our brain connects us immediately with the feelings we had in the past during some experiences especially on this place.

    So we don´t see only the actual place, we see the place in the past and feel similar feelings again.

    For me this is a cause for very special feeling which overcomes us when we visit our hometown.

    Sorry for my bad English, I try to to my best to explain this complicated curcumstances ...

    Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  119. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comments. Chard from the grocery store will not need to be rinsed quite as much as home grown. Your home town looks nice. Our once home town has changed to much, never to be the same. We like it here in the woods where we live now.

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  120. So beautiful with those red buildings and the green of the trees! Have a wonderful time with your family!

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  121. I work in my hometown, so I'm there all the time! But I get the same feeling of nostalgia when I visit my parents at home. A house with 3 teenage girls (my twin sisters and me) growing up was never dull haha. After college I did move a couple hours away and found myself being homesick more than I'd like to admit. It was hard to transition to being an "adult" and I often longed for the old days of being home with my parents and sisters. Took me quite a few years to grow up and settle into my new life but now I am so happy with the way things are :)

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  122. I always feel a little jealous of people who have a sense of attachment to a place... a moved so much that I was never in one place long enough to feel it was mine.

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  123. I wrote about the same subject on my blog a couple of years ago. I definitely feel like that about my hometown. Maysville looks like a lovely place.

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  124. What a beautiful hometown. I dislike the town I was born in. I was raised in Phoenix which was great in the 80's and too big now. I prefer living here big but not too big.

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  125. You have a beautiful home.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  126. "Home is where the heart lies, but if the heart lies, where is home?"

    Migration half way around the world makes this a thoughtful question.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  127. Your hometown and its location looks lovely. I grew up in a village, which hasn't changed for the better, but I still have wonderful childhood memories.

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  128. That has to be prettiest little town set in a forest of gorgeousness!!! I'm putting that on my list of places to visit.
    Ah, the comforts of home. The familiar, the ease, the reminiscing, and reflecting. It's all good. Have a peaceful time when you go.

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  129. I haven’t stayed away from home or hometown not more than a week, so I don’t felt missing home ever! It’s wonderful reading down your enthusiasm over your hometown expectations. Cheers :)

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  130. As I live only a few miles from my hometown, I get to visit often.
    The feelings of nostalgia are really powerful there.
    Childhood memories come flooding back, although none of my family live there now.
    I still feel connected to my past there, so I guess it is the pull of my roots that keeps me coming back!

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  131. I only get to visit about once a year (expat problems), but I miss it so so so much. Nothing feels quite as safe as when I drive those familiar roads home.

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  132. Beautiful picture! Looks like a great hometown!

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  133. I feel exactly the same as you - I love going home and seeing what's changed and what hasn't. It's that sense of belonging you get that nowhere else in the world gives you. Great post. xxx

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  134. I love strolls down memory lane. That's a beautiful town.

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  135. What a nice place to go back to. It looks like it could be in Bavaria Germany. My home town is the very beautiful cathedral city of Norwich, England.

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  136. I sometimes am amazed the Old Place functions in my absence!

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  137. I try to visit my hometown every few weeks. I'm lucky enough to only live an hour or so away. There is a comfort and familiarity, as well as a lot of fun memories.

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  138. I hope that you are enjoying your time home. I live 4.5 hours away and the past year I only visited a couple of times. Where I grew up holds no real nostalgia for me, everything has changed. I enjoy visiting the city of which my town is a suburb and the place where my mom and sisters are now. Though I have found that you always carry a piece of home with you and wherever I go to live or visit, it always becomes a bit like home. As of sort of a gypsy, its fun to have multiple home-like places :).

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  139. i have lived many places in the state of michigan...i always loved coming home. even if my folks weren't home, i would walk around back and sit on the deck where a peace and calmness would come over me. i now live in the house i grew up in. i get to experience that peace everyday...especially in three of the four seasons. home towns are a blessing...homesteads...magical. happy Easter!!!

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  140. What a nice town! Love the photo.

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  141. First time here. What a refreshingly real blog! Just finished reading your two posts on 'Home'and 'Spring' and literally have just written something along the same lines on my blog! Thanks for an honest and entertaining read!

    Your newest follower,

    Poppy

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  142. I think that my song is full of song-lyrics. I read the title and it reminded me of 'Home is where the heart is' by Lady Antebellum.

    As to the questions you asked, I enjoy visiting my hometown sometimes because of the good memories :)

    I bloody love your hometown! :)

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  143. I'm visiting my hometown right now. It is a good feeling, but bittersweet at the same time. Goodbye is never easy when you live 1,200 miles away. It's nice though. You also tend to appreciate things more. The places you used to visit and I defiantly appreciate my family and friends more.

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  144. Hometown Feelings! For me the best, for my brother 'not-so-much'...this is a double edged sword I guess. But with that aside and Easter almost here, enjoy your visit and EAT and HUG!

    LOL

    Ron

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  145. Everyone, including my parents, has pretty much left my hometown. Now I only go back for high school reunions. Sigh . . .

    With regard to "home" though, I made a beautiful (if I say so myself) floorcloth for the foyer of our home. It says, "Whereever I was before, now I am home." That sentence came out of my mouth the first time I ever stepped inside our house, when we were househunting with a realtor.

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  146. What a beautiful place!
    I hope you have a wonderful time enjoying your family and hometown...a gorgeous capture...love the lush green with the brick red.

    My hometown? Very, very far away... :)
    Where I am now has been my home for the past 33 years...and I do love it here.
    All the best, and thanks so much for your visit and kind words, Keith!
    - Irina

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  147. This applies to our Military lifestyle BIG time. I don't know where we will end up calling home forever, but for the next 20 years or so, "Home" is where ever my hubby is. I love when we get to visit my hometown, though. I hope we end up there.

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  148. I don't get back to my hometown often, though I'm not sure why because it's only 3 1/2 hours away. I'm always really excited to visit, though, because it's a beautiful town and it's very nostalgic for me. Also, a majority of my stories take place in a small town and it's generally loosely based on my hometown, so it's kind of fun to go back for that reason.

    I hope that you had a great weekend!

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  149. I still live in my home town!! The only time I leave, is when I go on holiday. I remember one particular time when my husband and I took our children on an extended holiday in europe lasting several months.On our return, over the border of Spain into Portugal, we looked at each other and we all had tears in our eyes. It was an incredibly emotional moment, as none of us had actually said anything but in spite of having had a wonderful time abroad we had all been secretly homesick. Home is most definately where the heart is:)

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