Thursday Doors: Family Home

Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.


Taking a recent trip from Hong Kong back to visit family in the US, I can’t seem to shake the feelings of nostalgia that have been awakened. Arriving in Ohio, I was pulled back to another time as I rode up the driveway to my family’s home. This house was lovingly built by my granddad, with the help of my dad and my brothers. My granny and granddad lived there as I grew up, my mom and dad do now.

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The red front door of this house is my favorite. Just beyond the threshold is a world that contains the bright shadows of many of my fondest memories.

I’ve been around the world, and back again and again. Last spring, within a tent erected in the backyard to celebrate my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary, my brother aptly shared that we (my siblings and I) were given the gift of both ‘roots and wings.’ This truth has stuck with me since. My grandparents and parents provided roots for me, but also instilled in me courage and a sense of adventure. All within this place.


The feelings of “home” remain here.


People have gone before and life blurs into shadowy remembrance.  The events and people of the past have made me who I am today. Wonderful memories, that can never be taken away, have been planted deep just beyond this door.


15 Comments Add yours

  1. prior.. says:

    so wonderful – can feel unity and love the blue…./

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    1. Thank you so much! =)

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers to reconnecting with home!

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Sorry for the lengthy delay this week. This one has an especially inviting feel to it 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, Norm. Hope you had a lovely weekend! =)


  4. This just beautiful; the words, the photo …. lovely.

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  5. Rowena says:

    And Dorothy tapped her shoes together: “There’s no place like home”. That’s what comes to mind reading about this treasured family home and the fact that your family built it, just adds to the richness of meaning and experience. Also, such a change of pace from Hong Kong.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Thank you, Rowena. Wonderful reference to Dorothy. =) My family home is definitely a world away from Hong Kong. I love both worlds in all their differences.


  6. Am browsing your blog in Jan. 2019 – I didn’t know you yet when you posted this. Having a family back home makes all the difference. When you are going through things thousand miles away, you know there’s always family to come back to – awesome!

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    1. It is very true … having that safety net of a loving family is huge! =)


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