Sometimes when I’m homesick I make lists of things I can do to help myself — like calling Mama or streaming Tulsa radio stations over the Internet. But it’s been a long time since I’ve traveled the 1,200 miles to okra and lightening bugs and people who held me as a baby. Ten months seems like an eternity when you’re missing part of your heart, part of you that makes you you.
So, I’ve put together another list, a bigger one that should tide me over until I get these three little boys back to where my story begins, back to Oklahoma.
Ten things I can do to feel more at home:
1. Ask for more ice in my drinks.
2. Make my own biscuits and cornbread, just like Mama.
3. Feed more people, including new parents and neighbors.
4. Help my boys be better hosts by introducing them to the art of polite dinner conversation and the heart of serving others.
5. Spend time outdoors and at farms. Encourage my boys to get really dirty and allow my washing machine to earn its keep.
6. Worry less about organizing my house and more about organizing visits with people. Tend to friendships so they grow.
7. Linger on my front porch. Listen to the birds. Take a deep breath.
8. Care about other people. Strike up conversations with strangers at the store, the post office and the repair shop.
9. Buy cowboy boots for the boys and turquoise jewelry for me.
10. Value wisdom in all of its shapes, sizes and ages.
What do you do to feel at home? What parts of your culture do you cherish? What do you want to pass on to your children? Share it here and maybe we can all learn something together…