09.05.2009 - 09.24.2009
I spent some quality time at home, though within the first 20 minutes of arriving back in my hometown, I was transformed from the road-weary warrior into the slick-dressed wedding crasher. One of my best friends from high school, Aaron Brown, was getting married and I was just in time. From Madrid to New York to Ohio, I made the wedding with minutes to spare.
While still on the road, somewhere in Eastern Europe I suppose, I had imagined my time back in Doylestown as relaxing, quiet and slow-paced. Who was I kidding? The onslaught of friends and family never stopped, and that’s the way I like it.
Mom graciously fed me one after another home-cooked meals, fattening me up befor my next adventure, while dad had me out splitting and stacking wood – leaving me and my out-of-shape body in pain for three days. I enjoyed lazy mornings catching up on blogs and the world, eating bowls of Cheerios toppled in mounds of garden-fresh raspberries. I enjoyed back-porch conversing, a sunset walk with mom and stops to the Sweet Shop for soft-serve ice cream. I enjoyed family Rock Band sessions and Wi bowling at my sister’s and the group outing to Canal Park for a ball game. I enjoyed games of corn-hole and the family picnic. I enjoyed helping out where I could. I enjoyed being home.
As for my friends, they are getting older, more responsible (so to say), but they still know how to have a good time when we get together. I was able to be apart of my good friend Ryan’s 30th surprise birthday party and for the birth of his first newborn. I was able to tell old war stories with the guys and catch up with friends I haven’t seen in close to 10 years. I was able to prove my dominance in darts and take in a college football game at the new Akron stadium. I was able to have fun with my friends and share in their world.
Doylestown has meant a lot to me over the years, but the people there influence me, still.