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That Curious Emotion called Homesickness, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the roller-coaster or the jukebox…” ~ Carson McCullers ~

There are certain times of the year I know Tall & Handsome develops a case of that curious emotion called homesickness. I know it is for the southwest and parts of New Mexico.

A particular time of the year he becomes homesick for Hatch green chilies – fresh chilies. I wrote about this in a food blog recently. I was surprised to discover one day our local Whole Foods was roasting Hatch green chilies New Mexico style in front of their store. I called T & H and he picked some up on the way home from work. Only he got the raw ones and roasted them himself. I guess he was homesick for that aroma only a roasting chili has.

Then, in October he comes down with a mild case of homesickness. Every year in October Albuquerque hosts an international hot air balloon fiesta. He was a yearly participant. One of the things he enjoyed was trading balloon pins with the crews of the attending balloons.

T & H’s pins fill the front of a denim vest. I can’t tell you how many hangers that vest has broken and wire hangers it’s bent. Yep, it’s that heavy. And, he has pins running over and in containers everywhere.

So, this past May when I mentioned the hot air balloon event here in Alabama I think he was finally psyched up to go. It also helped we had out of town company.

T & H made sure he wore his balloon vest – all 598 pounds of it…

I saw smiles on his face and looks of “knowing”. I could tell the outing was the cure for that curious emotion called homesickness…

2 balloon guy

The infamous balloon vest – all 598 pounds of it

dreaming of abque nm

Looking westward

for those that think young

A contemplative guy – Albuquerque on the mind

© 2013 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.


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