Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Just Visiting

  They say that home is where the heart is and while that may be true for me my heart and home will always be in Utah. Since starting a two year construction project in Los Angeles, California back in April we haven't been able to spend much time at home. In the eight months we've been gone we've only managed to make it back to Utah on two occasions and both were to take of some personal business and were very quick which left no time for fun or family. So we took a few days off and loaded up the Chevy to head home for an extended visit. 
  Okay it isn't the best time to head to Salt Lake. The winter weather brings cold air and an inversion to the valley which doesn't make for the greatest air to breath and the view of our towering mountains is blurred by the smog and we also left 70 degree weather behind in California to get there. But we didn't come here with a plan to get out and do much. We had a few items to take care of at our house but this trip was more about spending some time with family. We had never been away from home for Christmas before and we found that our holiday spirit was lacking a little jingle this year. What really bothered us is that Halloween and Thanksgiving felt the same way. I guess that's just part of change and we just have to get used to it.
  At first glance things didn't look much different than when we left. In fact it just felt like we were coming home from a long vacation. But then we started to notice the changes. Buildings stood where dirt lots had been bringing restaurants, gas stations and businesses still to be determined into our once little town of Saratoga Springs. We found many new faces filling the pews of our old church when we stopped by which has been normal over the past few years but it's a lot more noticeable when you've been gone awhile. The good news is there were still a lot of familiar faces that we were very glad to see and although our time with them was very brief it was great to see them again. It was the same with our families as well. We had a small gathering that brought together people that I hadn't seen in the same room for years and it felt like the good old days. My only regret is that we still didn't have time to see everyone that I had wanted to. With only a few days, holidays and birthdays we were pretty booked up for time. So I guess that means I'll just have to come back and visit again. I just don't know when that will be.
  I guess the point of this article is to say that sometimes travel brings you home and at times you need to be home more than you realize. It's a lesson that I didn't understand that I needed to know but I'm glad that I had the opportunity to learn it. I truly hope that over the holidays you had the chance to spend time with your loved ones and for those you didn't see I hope you take the chance soon to see them. For those of you we missed on our recent trip don't worry. We'll be back soon. 

Brandan 

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