Home Sweet Home in Manhattan

12 Jul

As we speak, someone is playing  the trumpet outside my window.  It sounds like a honking goose, so it’s not that pleasant. But it doesn’t bother me.

Earlier today on the subway ride to Coney Island, a man stood up in the train and sang along with his guitar. This one was pleasant-sounding. A sweet, chipper, south-of-the-border tune.

Subway entertainment

Anything goes here in New York City! In fact, I’m used to the bizarre things happening all around, and much of it is comfortable to me now. When my roommates and I explored Brooklyn for a few hours this weekend, it was adventurous and our detours and stops were spontaneous. But we ached to get back to our homeland, Manhattan. Sure we’ve only been here for five weeks, but that’s long enough to know it’s home. When we reemerged from the subway in Manhattan after hours in Brooklyn, we all sighed in relief and exclaimed, “home sweet home.”

Entering Brooklyn

That’s how I felt today after hours on Coney Island. Back in Manhattan it’s home sweet home. It makes us laugh, as we know this isn’t really our home. At least not now, not for long, but maybe someday. How long do you have to be living or at least a part of a city/culture/community to feel like it’s home? Because it will feel like home the moment you step foot somewhere outside of it. I’m not sure when the feeling of belong here started for me. It wasn’t a conscious thought, but I can tell you it happens quickly.

View of Coney Island from the pier

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2 Responses to “Home Sweet Home in Manhattan”

  1. Muzzie July 16, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    Wonder if you’ll miss all those bizarre things when you’re back in Middlefield. Not much happens around here except the loud tunes at Rovers and real honking geese. Home is wherever you hang your hat and still your heart.

    • graycatgirl July 17, 2010 at 2:24 am #

      I have missed home! The sounds are very different!

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