Last weekend we ventured to over to the City Flea--a lovely little once-a-month market in a great new-to-us park in an up-and-coming part of town. With that many hyphens you know it has to be awesome. And it was. We walked among the local vendors checking out the wares and whatnot. And a funny little side story: As we're walking around doing our thing, some guy gave Lamp a double-take in her power chair and quickly assess that there's no way she was operating that thing by herself. Obviously she was rolling away uncontrollably and she needed his help pronto! He jumped into action grabbing the back of her chair trying to stop her. Only it didn't stop her in the slightest, didn't even slow her down. I'm telling you that chair is a monster. We kept saying, She's ok...she's ok....SHE'S OK! Until it finally registered. Oh, she's OK. And he let go while his buddy stood back laughing. Oh good times...at least he was trying to be helpful.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised with some of the beautiful wares--sometimes you tend to see the same stuff at these things, but there were some really beautiful, original goods. Then we landed at a booth where some t-shirts that caught our eye. Good design, soft shirts... but mostly the message:
Home. With the state of Ohio as the "o".
We're still in the transition phase, but I've been surprised how good this move has felt so far. And honestly, I'm not sure why...I fully expected there to be more uneasiness, even downright sadness. But I feel good...we feel good. Our new home, our actual house, feels like an oasis with the large lot and roomy interior. It's not huge, but we have ample closet space, a garage, a basement for storage and enough space to spread out a bit which feels good. Driving around town feels good too as I remember why I liked this city in the first place saying things like, It's so green! and I love these old houses. And this City Flea was a good reminder that while there are plenty of familiar streets and neighborhoods, there is still so much for us to explore.
In a conscious decision to embrace this new life we ponied up and bought us some new t-shirts officially declaring Ohio our new home.
It's a fitting reminder that as a family one of our favorite songs to play guitar and sing together is Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Home, let me come home.
Home is wherever I'm with you.
Our home, yes I am home.
Home is when I'm alone with you.
The one thing thing I can't seem to figure out is what is Ohio's identity? When I was thinking about the other places I've lived it seems like one thing that sort of endears people to those places is their overall identity. Utah and Colorado are both known for their mountains and outdoorsy lifestyles, Hawaii for it's beaches, surf culture and laid back lifestyle. Even Texas is known for people who love their state, southern hospitality, cowboy culture, heat, etc. Any local Ohio peeps want to chime in about what Ohio is known for? Also, do you think having that sense of identity--whether you relate to it or not--helps build a sense pride for where you live?