Having recently moved to Oklahoma from Indiana, I was starting to get a little lonesome. Meeting new friends or connecting with old ones has been difficult at best as it’s summer and everyone is busy, busy! So it was a welcome diversion to have my in-laws in town for a visit over the last week.
We have enjoyed playing games with each other, eating way too much and playing tourist here in Tulsa. We even took them to my home town of Bartlesville (the first time I’ve returned there since my Momma had passed). I must admit as we traveled the road into Bartlesville from Woolaroc, there was a lump in my throat. There is nothing like coming home…even if the home you’ve remembered and cherished is much different. Since when was there a Lowe’s where the softball fields used to be? And how long has my beloved “Lot A Burger” been closed? We drove by my childhood home. I can’t believe how small it is! We drove by my Mammoo’s (maternal grandma’s) house and I had to check the address to make sure it was the same home. But there are some things that remain the same: the Civic Center, Central Junior High, Johnstone Park, the Kiddie Park, Sonic & Murphy’s. It was very surreal to me to be so close to the things I love and hold dear and it reminded me yet again, that be it through blood, marriage or friendship, there is nothing like home and family!