Tuesday, September 11, 2012

All Moved In

Here I am, luxuriating in the quiet dark of way-past-midnight, a quiet that includes sounds I've missed for the past two years. Crickets, cicadas, peepers clicking and whirring like a summer's heartbeat.

My tenth floor apartment was next to the elevator banks and its windows faced the building's HVAC system. The daily and nightly aural assault included ambulance sirens, barking dogs, and the ominous thrum of police helicopter blades.

The city soundscape never did become as ambient as I hoped it would. Truth to tell, it was jarring and exhausting. I bought earplugs by the dozen, wore them at night and sometimes during the day.

Now, despite being revved up on unpacking and nesting at warp speed, I can feel myself starting to unwind.  Walking around this neighborhood feels strangely familiar, even though it's new to me. Our townhouse feels strangely familiar, even though we just moved in.

Where am I? What year is this?

Turns out I've been starring in my very own production of Name that Archetypal Experience, wherein I leave home to find home. This isn't the first time I've gone through this sort of quest, but I'm hoping it's the last. Feeling so Jung is really getting old.


  1. It is a serious moment, but I can't help but smile from deep within my heart from your wordplay.

    Speaking of my heart, it hold for you a thousand prayers and then a thousand more and more. Peace and all good things in your new home.

  2. So glad that you are already feeling at home. YOu have expressed to well the feeling I had when I moved into my townhome - it is difficult to explain but I felt (and still feel) that God had chosen this place and God is dwelling here with me. It is an awesome experience. God bless you and your home.

  3. I'm so happy for you, Meredith. What we hear does affect us more than we know. Here is to cricket song, wind in tree branches, maybe somewhere you'll find a stream. Is there a place for you to plant a garden? I hope so!

  4. Fran: the wordplay came to me during a walk through the greenery, another thing I've not really be able to do. Glad it made you smile.

    Lynda: I feel like I've been playing hide-n-seek with God for the past two years, not that God has been hiding!


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