Home Away From Home

USA, New York, Fillmore, Houghton College, Gillette 248; and she's never looked finer.

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” ~ John Howard Payne.

I am sitting on a bed that is not my own, in a room that is not my own, typing on a laptop that… is my own.

It’s really a lot of fun.  I’m housesitting for a family whose daughter I work with.  Sarah is here still- I just have to make sure the house doesn’t burn down or anything.  So I’m living in town for a few days and I feel like a princess.

See, I grew up in a small house.  I’m used to bedrooms that are 10′ wide, at the biggest.  I’m sitting in a guest room that’s got to be at least 15′, and Sarah’s bedroom is the entire furnished basement.  I really feel like a princess.  Earlier, I took a shower, and the water stayed hot the whole time until I was done.

My family isn’t living in a woodshed, so I don’t intend to give that impression.  We’re really lucky, and we’ve always lived comfortably enough, but this is just out of my element.  My family is definitely part of America’s lower class.  I wouldn’t call the owners of this house rich, but it’s just not what I’m used to.  It makes me happy.  I’ve taken some pictures of little things that will eventually be up and about the Photo of the Day page when I take my SD card out of my camera.  It’s just beautiful, and clean and sparkling, and homely.  Very homely.  I like it.  I could live happily in this house.

I’m going to go to bed fairly soon.  I may watch a movie for a little while on Netflix Instant, or maybe I’ll end up calling Bryan again.  I’m not sure how much sound travels yet- I’m not used to this house.  I will get used to it, in a few days.  But, golly, I’m pretty happy here.  So peaceful.

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"You know, I don't know if you'll understand this or not, but sometimes, even when I'm feeling very low, I'll see some little thing that will somehow renew my faith. Something like that leaf, for instance - clinging to its tree despite wind and storm. You know, that makes me think that courage and tenacity are about the greatest values a man can have. Suddenly my old confidence is back and I know things aren't half as bad as I make them out to be. Suddenly I know that with the strength of his convictions a man can move mountains, and I can proceed with full confidence in the basic goodness of my fellow man. I know that now. I know it." ~ End of Act I in the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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