I’ve been so homesick lately. It’s been almost four months since I moved into this new home, and I’m finally getting homesick.
Over the last few days, I’ve been looking around this home, and I realized that nothing about it feels like mine. Nothing about it feels like the comfort of home. I don’t see any of the useless trinkets that adorned my last home. Instead, I see items that belonged to another person in another time. The sugar bowls above my cabinets. The ceramic that clutters my counter by the stove. Inherited, ugly dishwear that we eat off of. Foreign pots and pans that I prepare food on.
At first, it was like an exciting vacation home. It was an escape from my ramshackle house that had strings like Pinocchio. I was a puppet in my own home, and eventually, I was forcibly removed from that home with the final passive-aggressive jabs in a long, relentless series of them. I had broken free of my failure to launch syndrome and was on the road to becoming a self-sufficient adult.
Now, I feel more helpless than ever before. In my hometown, I could free myself of the bondage of my house whenever I felt like it. There was a wealth of places I could go and see. Here, I am trapped at the end of a beautiful, scenic private driveway in an idyllic little town. To get off of this mountainous terrain, it’s a mile’s walk straight down a series of steep hills. And even if I were to make it into town, there is nothing to do and nowhere to go.
I don’t miss the cramped nature of 511, with junk brimming from every tiny storage area there was. But, now, I feel that there is no place of solace for me. My bedroom was my bedroom. All of my stuff was comforting, and my space was adorned with knicknacks of years past. It was a representation of me. I feel like this place is completely devoid of that. This place feels devoid of me, and I’m beginning to feel lost. I’m beginning to feel like I’m losing myself, instead of finding a place where I could discover myself once again.
There’s too many negative memories attached to that house. So many, that they actually outweigh the positive ones. In that house, I lived with Avi, without heat, in the most brutal winter I can recall. I lived out of boxes, surrounded by piles of garbage and junk. I was estranged from that house in warmer months as a means of escape. I hit the bottom of the barrel with a miserable labor job, a serious drinking problem, and a completely hopeless future.
It was in that house that I was coerced into having immoral sex with Simon in a sick, twisted threesome. I hardly remember it. Most of what I can recall from the situation has a haze over it.
There were good things. It was the place where Xan was partially unconscious in my lap on New Years’ Eve, and I fed him a special New Years’ Eve pretzel I made in the bakery at work. It was the place where I first realized that I loved him. That was the house where Xan and I first lived together as a couple. It was the first place we made love.
That was the place where we started our life together. It was the place we went back to after our wedding. It was the house that our child was conceived in. We brought our little bundle of joy home there, and slept on the living room floor next to his bassinet for the first month. There, our son took his first steps, said his first words, and grew from a baby to a child.
Again, there was the bad and even the ugly. Too much violence happened there, both physical, verbal, and self-inflicted. It was a breeding ground for negativity. Xan and I used to have these knock-down, no-hold-barred fights there. I recall too many moments where I stormed up the stairs to escape him. The whole last four months of our residence in that home was a complete disaster in our marriage.
In essence, I escaped that place. But, is the devil you don’t know worse than the devil you do?
Positives. Think of the positives.
This house has the potential to become my lifetime home. Maybe I am just homesick because I spent six years in the last house, and only four months here.
This house is located in a safe area for my son, and provides a calm, free environment for him. In addition, it has a better school district and provides better learning opportunities and support for him.
This house has additional space. I don’t feel as cramped and caged, even if I do feel lonely and secluded.
Even though this house contains a lot of foreign items, it won’t forever. I will acquire more items to replace the old ones that feel more like me. It will become more familiar as time passes.
This house is not a money pit. It is in good condition and was well built. I do not spend a large amount of money on utilities, and there is hardly a threat that I will ever be without.
I will never be threatened to be evicted from this home. There are no strings attached and the owner is very hands-off. I will never find myself threatened or harassed over this house.
Xan and Beast are happy here.
It is easy to clean and requires little maintenance. It might be a little more overwhelming, since it’s a bit bigger than the other house. But, I don’t have to look at torn out walls and feel a sense of hopelessness and fear toward the condition.
I can be happy here. I have been happy here. Summers are far more temperate and beautiful here. Autumn is gorgeous with all of the foliage. Winter might even be nice with fresh white snow covering the yard and the woods.
It’s quiet. I can think.
And one day, I’ll be able to get around on my own. Even if there is really nowhere to go. I’ll be less lost and I’ll understand the area a little better.
I’ll find my place here. I know I will. It’s just going to take some time.