Some fitting quotes for my current mood. I am hoping they have all been attributed to the correct people...
You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right. ~Maya Angelou
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. ~Maya Angelou
Home is not where you live but where they understand you. ~Christian Morgenstern
Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to. ~John Ed Pearce
...and finally, "Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came" ~Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo (Cheers theme song)
...which reminds me of an instance last year when I went to have our water bottles refilled and almost burst into tears when the lady at the counter had to ask how to spell my last name for her records. Of course, I was feeling particularly homesick that day and it was the millionth time that had happened to me since I've been here. It's probably happened another thousand times since. I never realized before how much comfort comes from the simplicity of knowing that people recognize your name and can pronounce and spell it without your help....