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Display Name: erica12
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I've been thinking about this so much lately because we have just moved our children across the country to a new home for the 5th time in 7 years. Such is military life. I often wonder if it's a happier childhood to stay in one home (as I did until I went away to college) or if happiness can be found in each new location. I'm a bit of a worrier, so I worry that my kids will lament the lack of a "family home" when they're grown. My childhood memories are mostly about the house I grew up in, my neighborhood, and the same group of kids from Kindergarten through high school. I worry that my kids will miss out on that type of memory. I worry that my kids won't have an answer to "where are you from?" and that it will somehow make them lacking.

So, yep, I worry and think it might be nice to put down roots somewhere, but who's to say the memories of late night root beer floats wouldn't be just as wonderful if they we're served on the old table in the house in Tulsa with the ugly awning instead of the yellow kitchen in San Antonio? Not me! 'Cause if there's anything I've learned in all the years I've been saying goodbye to houses, it's that the memories go with you.

Saying Farewell to a Home
3/13/12 11:58 PM