Friday, March 28, 2014

No place like home

Once upon a time there was a little red haired girl who left her home to travel around the world.  She flew in big and small airplanes, rode in cars on the wrong side of the road, and ate food
she did not know.
She was very happy.

 But now and then she thought about
her friends back home 
and wondered if they thought about her.

 Days and months passed
and although she continued to be happy

 she began to dream of the time
when she would once again return
to her home.

 One day as she was walking along a wooded path,
a friendly hawk swooped down and began to speak to her (with a French accent!).
"Silly girl!  Why do you visit all these countries
when you have the very same beauty in your own back yard?"

Aside from the fact that she was shocked that the hawk could speak with a French accent, 
she gathered her wits about her and exclaimed, "Excuse me?"

"Yes, I have been observing you 'oohing' and 'aahing' beautiful sights, 
but don't you remember the beautiful sights you have in your own back yard?"
With a tilt of her head, the little red haired girl said, 
"Well, yes, I do remember.  Like the northern pines and their reflections 
bouncing amid the shoreline waters."

"Oh, and the lighthouses!  How I love their twinkling search light."

"And I do so love the boats, especially at sunset, when golden light plays on their decks. "

"Oh, Mr. Hawk, you are so right," said the little red haired girl with a loud sigh.
"I didn't need to leave my own backyard to see such beauty.
It was there all along!"

The Hawk leaned down closer to the little red haired girl and whispered, "I overheard a scarecrow once telling of a story where this little girl was lost in some land called Oz and was so missing her home that a Wizard told her that if she clicked her shoes 3 times and repeated ' There's no place like home, there's no place like home,'  that she would somehow be transported home."

The little red haired girl looked down at her blue tennis shoes and said, "Really?"

The Hawk said, "Yep, that's what I heard.  You might give it a try.
But now, I must be off.  There's a lion in distress.  Something about a mouse.

With a broad swoop of his wings, the hawk took flight.  
The little red haired girl thought about what he had said.  
She had seen many beautiful sights 
but she did long to return home.   

And before the hawk was fully out of view,
the little red haired girl closed her eyes and tapped her blue tennis shoes and said, 
"There's no place like home.
There's no place like home.
There's no place like ..... "

It was just that fast that she found herself once again in her
own backyard!

Happy to have returned home, the little red haired girl never ever wanted to leave again.

Well, at least for a while anyway!

(P.S.  We had some wonderful travel experiences over the last 6 months, 
but it has also been wonderful to spend some time here in beautiful Maine.  
Even in the winter, which was when all of these images were taken.)


biebkriebels said...

A funny story you made up here. Six month is a long time indeed and there is nothing better than coming home again. But to go out is also nice, when you do both, the balance is repaired.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh I LOVE your story!! and your pics!!

forgetmenot said...

Being a "Kansas Girl", I really liked your story-so true. Reena, your photos are breathtaking!!! You are an amazing photographer--it's like flipping through a magazine and seeing one lovely picture after another. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

Tabor said...

Six months? Did not realize it was that long. That is a long time to live out of a suitcase, east strange food and try to communicate in various languages.

Florida Farm Girl said...

I know that feeling. As much as I like to travel, nothing matches that first moment when you walk back into home and take a big breath. Looking forward to hearing of more adventures.

Sylvia K said...

What a fun post for the day, Reena!! Six months is a long time to be traveling, but you did indeed see some incredible places! I know that it must be great to be back home! Love your beautiful photos as always, look forward to more!! Welcome home!! Have a great lovely weekend!!

Country Girl said...

Loved this, my friend. The images are absolutely wonderful. Wow!! We need to get together.

Bob Bushell said...

It has been a long time since we had a friend, great to see you again. And your photos, plenty from other places. Lovely, the girl with red hair again.

Lisa Gordon said...

There truly is no place like home.
Welcome back to yours, Reena!

S. Etole said...

Good to see you here at home again. The photos are wonderful.

Daryl said...

and there i sat reading hoping 'home' was philly... oh well at least your on the right side of the rockies for now xo

Rose L said...

Cute! That hawk is so colorful! I so enjoy your photography. I also love to take photographs and hope one day to get a good hawk shot like yours! I also live in a beautiful state--Oregon!

Anonymous said...

There's no place like home. Love your story.
I have certainly enjoyed your travel photos over the past months.

Hilary said...

Too cute.. and quite true, often enough. Welcome home.. and your little dog, too.. or something. ;)

Brian Miller said...

hey, welcome home...what a beautiful hawk you had to help you along as well...there is something about the feel of arriving back home....

Evelyn S. said...

Welcome home! I must admit that I prefer your blogging about your home(s) in the US over the "around the world" ones....maybe because I have trouble identifying. :-) Whatever it is, I'm truly glad you're back and sharing your fabulous photos and writing!

eileeninmd said...

What an awesome trip, a long one too. I enjoyed this "home" post. The birds are awesome and the scenery is gorgeous.. Have a happy weekend!

E.lizabeth said...

my favorite is the lighthouse - gorgeous!! enjoy your weekend. ( :

Unknown said...

Everything about this post has me smiling. Such a wonderful story and the photos are WOW!! Welcome home my friend!


Lois Evensen said...

Welcome home! We, too, know how wonderful home is after a long time away. :)


Out on the prairie said...

A lovely selection of pics. It is always nice to return, sometimes we see our world in a different eye.

The Little Black Dog said...

The all white with the red boat - amazing! Love it.

Gillian Olson said...

Enjoyed the wonderful pictures and the story too!

She Who Carries Camera said...

Gorgeous, Reena!

Chris said...

Hi Reena, what a cute story with gorgeous photos. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Pat Tillett said...

BEAUTIFUL photos Reena! You live on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. I love all these photos and the blazing sunset photo is amazing...

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