A cure for homesickness
July 30, 2019
I got homesick at university. This is me on the left with my good friend, Kelly.
Every time I went home, I would pinch something — a blanket, a framed photo, one of my dad’s sweatshirts, even a favourite soup spoon — and take it back to my dorm room. Technically-speaking, I was a thief as my brother Richard, now a lawyer, pointed out.
When a client asked me to draw their family home and put it on a throw pillow for her kids, who are heading back to university in September, it got me thinking about remedies for homesickness.
Seeing my own family home in photos still has a calming effect on me, even though I haven’t lived there for two decades.
Looking back, I would have loved these reminders of family:
• A pillow showing the family home for those melancholy Sunday nights before my first 8:30 class.
• A reminder of home on my laptop during midterms.
• A shot of home on my phone reminding me to call mom.
• A tote for those trips to the supermarket on my own:
• Better yet, a pillow of mom I could hug!
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