Things I love about my home town:
- The big, beautiful Columbia River.
- Mountains. Everywhere.
- The Odeon (now Royal) Theatre
- The Italian food
- The smell of Syringas in June
- The big old churches
- That my childhood house is still standing
- That my mother’s childhood house is still standing
- The Italian food
- The dusty alleyways with neighbourhood basketball hoops
- Butler Park
- The hot, dry summer
- The cold, snowy winter
- Fall, as an actual season. Spring, too.
- The Italian food.
Took a road trip to visit my hometown this past week and to see a dear aunty who is ailing. She lives in a tiny 1950′s brick bungalow backing onto a near-perfect Mayberry alleyway and graced with big, leafy maple trees out front. There are many things I love about my hometown. As noted, the Italian food ranks right up there (and I admit to fairly gorging myself on the Colander ‘special’ which features spaghetti to die for. Really. And then you go to heaven. Spaghetti heaven). My hometown Italian food, though, isn’t the subject of this post. Chiedo scusa.
Going home always seems to evoke a bittersweet longing – for days past, for people and situations gone. This is the true meaning of the word nostalgia, and what this post is about. It is about the longing for home or at least the longing for the things associated with home. In my coaching practice, I speak about what I call the longing for belonging, but lately I am experiencing the longing for belongings. It’s common enough, and for me it manifests as a mild and comforting collecting compulsion – a hankering for the homey household items of my childhood.
Luckily, I was accompanied on my nostalgia trip by my mother and we meandered backwards through her childhood and mine. She acted as my able time-travel roadie and memory coach, not to mention being a ninja thrifter with an eye for a bargain. Here are some of our favourite finds:
nos·tal·gi·a (n-stlj, n-)
1. A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
2. The condition of being homesick; homesickness.
hos·tal·gi·a (h-stlj, n-)