A piece just up at MomEggReview, ‘Coming Home’ shares my love of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. It is also the basis for my husband and I moving our young family there some 23 years back. Not to the NE Kingdom, but to VT. Which is another story… How Chittenden County – which houses Burlington where we ended up the last 8 years, but also Jericho, our first 14 – is said to have the advantage of being near VT. The ‘real’ VT being God’s country, the afore-mentioned NE Kingdom.
While life ‘near’ VT – on the other side of Mt. Mansfield and in its shadow – saw our younger three children through high school and into the colleges of their choices, the early years of vacationing at “The Verm”* established a foundation for a deep sense of place, a shared vocabulary of experience and meaning for us as a family.
During this time of social distancing and staying put, it is oddly comforting that MomEggReview has released this wonderful collection of non-fiction essays called “Here at Home.” What better time to reflect on what home really means, especially as we might be temped to feel trapped or triggered by small things that begin to feel huge. For my part, I stand by this writing. While my soul home has shifted from the mountains of VT to the shore of MA, I still get the familiar anticipatory shiver up my spine as I drive that final five miles; still look for Clarence and Clarissa; still enjoy lingering sunsets. Still bask in the peace and invigoration of communion with earth, air, stars.
* My dad coined the term ‘microverm’ to describe my parents’ dream spot – a little piece of Vermont – during the decades they searched for it. The name stuck, shortened, once they found this corner of heaven some 50 years ago.
Strange you should mention Burlington. Having never been to Vermont I set a novel just outside Burlington ( after a dream in which I knew that was where I was!) You have reminded me I should get it revised! It has elements that have now taken on new relevance.
Hope all is well Sarah.
Well, well – you just never know, do you?!!! Having lived there for more than 20 years – and vacationed in the Northeast Kingdom an additional 20 before that – I might be able to provide some telling details if helpful!!! Would love to learn more about it! Burlington VT also made literary history with Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem about the public library!!! Yes, doing well thanks. And you? Grateful that spring is arriving, if slowly. Grateful, too, for the luxury of time in which to savor its unfolding; as well as to tend everything that needs tending.