Episode 41: The Golden Glow of Home

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The rugged smell in the air of fire, of smoke, drifting from a chimney in the chilled night.

Slicing into a carmel apple, to share with friends.

The worn cover of a book you've read countless times, the pages fall open to a passage that means something more than when you first read it.

Entering your grandparents house, the familiar smells and sounds that comforted you as a child, still here.

Driving up a darkened driveway, the lights in the house on, pouring out golden light in all directions, welcoming you home.

Sending the first text message to end a fight, when you've not been speaking with someone and they write back right away, words of love, of forgiveness.

The gift of being able to tell someone you love them, what it is exactly that you love about them.

Teaching a little kid to tie their shoelaces, everyone does it a bit differently, you've found.

Sitting beside the grand canal in Venice, sipping a bitter espresso as the gondola boats go by, bits of conversation wafting up to you.

The extra hour of sleep you get on daylight savings time

Suddenly emerging from the ocean, gasping for air, the salt water in your eyes and mouth, the seagulls squawking above you.

Wearing mismatched but colorful socks, even if no one else knows.

Getting the raise you deserve, because you asked for it.

Discovering how capable you are, how you've been able to handle so much.

When your friends wish you good luck before your driving test.

Slightly crooked teeth.

Antique velvet couches in positively bizarre colors, pale greens, bright corals - the backs all tufted and the cushions worn in.

Remembering old articles from YM magazine, how you'd obsess over them, little glimpses into a world you werent a part of, yet.

When someone asks you to dance with them, and you feel that chasm of possibility, of promise, in a single moment and you say yes.