My friend posted this the other day and it just reconfirmed that I'm home. Thanks Annie. I tailored a few of these to our situation, but this definitely rang true for me.
Home is ...
where you know where the cops hide on the highway and try to catch speeders.
where you know which checker at your grocery store gives your kids stickers and is fast.
where you know your favorite radio station without the preset dial.
where you know which roads are shortcuts.
where you know where the best and secret parking spots are.
where when you haven't been to a particular grocery store in a while, the checker says "Hey. How you been?! Where's the little ones?"
where you can go out to eat and order without seeing the menu.
where you start imagining buying a house around the corner, even if it will cost 1/2 million, and you think that's a steal!
where you start checking our public and charter schools in the area
where you know what time to go to what store to get in and out the fastest.
where friends become family, and family become friends.
where you will cry if you have to one day say goodbye.