When I was thinking of a title for this post I thought, “Well, I am home from work today because I’m sick,” but when I said it in my head, “Home Sick,” I realized that could also mean “homesick”. There have been a few times in my life that I’ve been homesick. My mom relates a story from my early childhood about when our family moved to Atlanta from Charlotte for my dad to take a job. She says that I was sick for the whole 6 months that we lived there. (I was only 3 so I don’t remember at all.) When she took me to the doctor, he told her I was homesick – that I missed my home in Charlotte. For reasons other than, but including that, we moved back to Charlotte not long after that.
One time I specifically remember being homesick was at a slumber party at a friend’s house when we were in 4th or 5th grade. I had never been to her house before and I didn’t mind being there during the day, but that night I was really scared to be away from home with girls I didn’t know very well. My dad had to pick me up in the middle of the night. I was quite embarrassed, but very relieved.
Some of you already know I went to Sweden as an exchange student between 11th and 12th grades in high school. You would think I would definitely get homesick being so far away from home for 2 months, but the family was so nice to me and I made new friends while I was there, so other than missing my boyfriend at the time, I was quite happy. I have many great memories from that summer, but one in particular stands out. One afternoon, Catarina, the girl in the family who was my age, and a couple of her friends were in the sitting room watching tennis (Andre Agassi was a rising star at the time, showing my age!) and KNITTING! Of course I wanted to do what they were doing, so Catarina took me to a shop to get yarn, needles, and a pattern. Since everything was in Swedish, and I didn’t speak or read Swedish, she just showed me what to do with the needles and yarn and gave me row by row instructions until I had made a whole pullover sweater! I don’t remember why, but once I got home I did not continue knitting. I really wish I had looked into it more at that point. Imagine all the things I could have made between then and when I really learned to knit 9 years ago!
So now that I am “home sick” today, I am taking advantage of the precious rare time I get to just sit around and knit (or crochet, as I am about to do as soon as I finish this post.) I would suggest that if you are ever “home sick”, or even “homesick”, make sure you have needles and yarn. They will always do the trick!