Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Back Home ?
It was a hectic but happy vacation time for me. Although, its not fun flying across the country for a brief 3 day visit to be with your family, nevertheless, it is good to come back refreshed.
The time was spent catching up on family gossip, playing with 2 adorable pets-a dog and a cat living under the same roof as "friends" and eating some wonderful meals made by grandmom and aunt.
The nice part about going away to one's so called "porantha veedu" is that you are the center of attention for the time that you are there and when you come back, you get loads of gifts and food packed. My significant other couldn't believe his eyes when i brought upma, aviyal, puli rice and kothmalli thogayal on a plane across the country. Not to leave out the number of shirts and gifts that every member of the family bestowed on us.
On the journey back, my thoughts on returning where kind of bittersweet- "Where is home"-
Does home mean going back to Bayarea to the place shared by my husband and me in the past 1 year or
Is New England- The place that i first landed when i came to US to go to school 4 years ago and where my aunt's family lives qualify as home or
Does Dear Old Singara Chennai- where my parents live is home for me?
Even though, 21 years of my life was spent in Chennai, people tell me that once you are married your husband's home becomes your home and family. Home is a place where i feel most relaxed, comfortable and welcoming. Even if it means coming back to work, to do your own chores-cook etc. home to me now is this new bayarea where i landed 1 year ago to carve a life.
Does every woman go through at some point in her life???