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There's no place like home

Posted August 22, 2010

Our family is part of a group of people that others refer to as "transplants" to the area.

That means when we say "home," it's in another city, another state. The phrase "going home" does not refer to a house, but rather, the place where we grew up or spent the most time in our lives.

We had the privilege of "going home" last week. It was a whirlwind tour with visits, parties and lots of family and friends. Although so many people told me the kids would forget about "home," mine never did. They still talk about all things Ohio and it's been nearly three years after our move! In their minds, they've turned our home state into this perfect place where nothing ever goes wrong.

As we picked up our things and headed back to our real home in the Triangle, our daughters simply said, "I wish we could stay." We explained that these visits were special because we could only do them once or twice per year. Then we tried to focus their thoughts on the first day of school, meet the teacher events and the many new, exciting experiences headed our way.

As subtly as we could, we also mentioned all of the wonderful things we've come to know and love about Raleigh, for example, "Wow... we're just a couple of hours away from the beach!" That's how we chose to lessen the blow of taking them hours and hours away from the people and the things they love.

Sure, there's no place like home, but there's also nothing like a new adventure.

Aysu is the busy mom of three girls and assistant news director for WRAL-TV. Find her here on Sundays.

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  • Amomoftwo Aug 23, 2010

    Great article! We have been here 13 years and last night my daughters who are now 16 and 21 asked when we were going "home" for our next visit....something about where your roots are makes you want to escape! We love Raleigh and have built a wonderful life here. This area is a better place to raise our children but something about the "home place" makes it special!