Nostalgic. Who would think that such a word would prove difficult for me?
This past week’s photo challenge on Word Press was “nostalgic” and I wrestled with that word all week long much to my puzzlement.
Nostalgia as defined in my trusty dictionary: 1. a longing for things, persons, or situations that are not present. 2. Homesickness.
I think I often write nostalgic posts, so I figured posting a photo to convey this concept would be a snap. Snapshot in a snap. That’s what I expected.
Today is Friday, a new photo challenge will be issued today. Yesterday, I found myself still struggling to choose which picture means nostalgic to me and what to write about it.
My first thought was to post an old family photo from my childhood. I pored through old pictures in my collection and couldn’t find just the right one. Next, I decided it would be appropriate to show a picture of my grown-up and flown the nest children when they were small. I can’t get any more nostalgic when I think about those years when my little ones were still in my nest.
Yet, that idea just didn’t seem right either. Several more suggestions came to me, but I rejected them all. Finally, out of desperation to beat the time line imposed (post a photo before the next challenge is issued), I asked my son what he thought of when I said the word nostalgic.
Son drove in the night before from that state next door because he is in a college friend’s wedding this weekend in our nearby city. When he took a short break away from his laptop where he was working at his job by computer, I posed the question to him.
He paused a minute thinking but then responded with his first thought. Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Yes, that was it.
Our family sold my parents’ house after both of my parents died. That home had been in our family for well over 100 years and it was so very difficult to let it go. My children have some of their most fond memories of traveling back here to my home state to visit their grandparents. We enjoy all of our stories about the memories made while staying in that very house where I lived most of my growing up years.
The actual house, owned by a different family now, still exists but it doesn’t look the same. Its things, people, situations, history, and the family tie that it represented are what we miss the most and what we carry in our hearts. And that’s what makes it the very essence of ‘nostalgic’ for me.