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Topic: Rejoicing (11/22/04)

TITLE: Home Where I Belong.
By Rita Garcia


One morning Ruby simply packed her bags and set out on a journey, in an attempt to find herself. “I just cannot accept life on everyone else’s terms any longer.” Ruby spoke out loud, to no one in particular. “I’m not even Ruby anymore, I live by titles, Bill’s wife, or Jill and Jeremy’s Mom. Now that Jill and Jeremy or both away at college, I don’t even know who I am, what I think or what I want from life. I do know I need to go away and piece together my life.”

Ruby’s first stop was the ocean, there she rented a little shore front cottage. Ruby took a quick dip in the water then stretched, sliding her feet into the warm sand. “This is the place for me, I could stay right here forever.” Ruby said, talking to herself. She began reading a novel that she had found in the little cottage. As evening began to surround her, the sky was set a glow in a glorious sunset. Later in the cottage, Ruby was lulled to sleep to the sound of ocean waves, breaking on the shore.

By the end of the week she was feeling restless. I think I need a change of scenery. I think some fresh mountain air, would help me clear the cobwebs from my mind.
Ruby found a picture perfect cabin, surround by tall pine trees, birds chirping, squirrels scampering about. This is the life. Thought Ruby. “It doesn’t get any better than this, now I will be able to find all the pieces to my puzzle.” She said, talking to herself.

Ruby sat under the shade of a tree and watched the boats zipping around on the lake. “It’s odd, but I feel like I am on the outside looking in, life is going on all around me, but I am an outsider, not taking part.” Ruby said as she felt the tears wanting to escape. “God, I don’t understand, I thought some time away would help me find myself, but I have never been so alone.”

The next morning Ruby simply packed her bags and set out on the journey home. She found exactly what she had been searching for, in the embraces and love of her family. Her heart leapt for joy, she began rejoicing. Who I am and everything I want is right here, right here at home where I belong.

Member Comments
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Norma OGrady11/29/04
Oh..Happy Day! For Ruby..
Yeshua's mighty Blessings be upon you
Lucian Thompson11/29/04
Rita, so many of us don’t know what we have until we lose it or get separated from it. Finding our way back can be hard at times, but oh so necessary. Well done.
Deborah Anderson11/29/04
Powerful message tucked away in your piece. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you.
darlene hight11/29/04
Rita this is great! I am feeling very much like going on one of those journeys tonight. Thanks for reminding me of where I belong. Great message and writing.
Lois Jennison Tribble12/01/04
Rita, I loved the simplicity of this story, and what a great reminder to us all when we get in the mood to fantasize. I hope Ruby had an understanding family! Good job.
Sandra Clayton12/03/04
A good story, showing us that that grass isn't always greener on the other side...sometimes we just need to walk to the other side in order to look back and see our "ordinary" lives more clearly! Good job - but check your punctuation and grammar a little more before submitting.
Phyllis Inniss12/03/04
Rita, this is really good. To search and finally find the answer is always a blessing. The love of family is God sent.
Mitzi Busby12/05/04
Rita, The grass isn't greener on the other side after all. I loved the story.
Jacquelyn Horne05/23/07
This made me think of some of the moods I get in. "Getting away" always makes me glad to get home. But I still "run away" now and then for alone time. Good pov here.