Monday, November 30, 2009

let's hop in the way back machine...


on friday my family and i drove to exeter, a small town in central maine. it's the place i grew up from birth to age 14. i hadn't been back since the day we moved over 15 years ago. as i drove through the hills places started to look familiar...it was wild!

i keep trying to figure out how to best describe what it felt like. the best analogy that i can come up with is when you are reading a picture book that you've read many times before and you sort of know what is coming on the next page, but you aren't quite sure...until you turn the page and then you can't imagine how you ever forgot. that's what friday felt like...one thousand times over. i was nervous about going, i'm not really sure why. but the second i got there it was a recognizable backdrop with all the familiar faces. some of the details had changed, ahhh but haven't we all.

as we spent the day on the hill, i was continually reminded of how lucky ian and i were to grow up with our dear friends (who all now live in the dc area). it was simple. spacious. rustic. beckoning our creativity. i also think about the moment our parent's paths crossed back in 1978. we are blessed!

speaking of blessed...[not so] "little" billy commented on how miraculous it was that he and i could be sitting across the table from each other, when 20 years before we couldn't even be in the same room without tormenting each other. again, we've changed. andrea stood up for me and noted that the problem was often that little billy was just getting in the way of our groove. i'm pretty sure that by groove she was referring to us practicing this (the first 10 seconds are a fuzzy, but so worth the wait)...


oh girls just want to have fun...seriously how many times did we watch that movie?

here are some of the details from the trip that are now sitting deep in my memory and in my heart.

the shingles on this handmade home...

the ladder to the loft...
cozy toes...
viv rocking the coolest shirt ever!
the saddle, which we rode for hours as kids, in the stairwell...
the bat bedroom, part of the addition...
oh hello lulu and cassie...
wallpaper that just takes me back...
a mirror image (raise your hand if you get the double meaning)...
good people. big love. growing families. laughter until the point of tears. electricity...finally!

2 comments:

  1. We really are so blessed to have shared that part of our lives!

    Love you JillyB

    -Andrea

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  2. Viv is so grown up and adorable. Seems like you had such a great walk down memory lane...

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