I’ve come to my grandmother’s house to clean up before my aunt gets here tomorrow; I pressed play on my ipod – there’s 7144 tracks ont here at the moment (I really should get some more) and the first that came up was this song by Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts . Jamie is the little brother of Kathryn Roberts that I linked to earlier in this blog, talented family.
Travelling in Time:
I wandered off today, back to the house we lived in then, the sound of voices play, the children are young 5, 8 and 10.
The rooms seem darker to me, but everyone else says they can see fine, shapes are all I can see, your voice calls me back to present day time.
It seemed to fit with what I’m doing. I’m picking up some cds I loaned to Dad, pinching back the DVD The West that I gave him, and getting rid of the mess I made staying here last week. It doesn’t seem fair for my aunt to come here to come to say goodbye to her brother and mother with some of my washing up still here.
It’s a different house now. It has been in our family for 80 years or so – I think my great-grandmother lived here, my great-uncle, great-aunt, my grandmother moved here after her husband died 38 years ago, my dad moved in 9 years ago after he and mum split up. The house will be sold now, maybe it will stay with another family for as long, but more likely someone will buy it and build something in the garden, sell it for much more. I don’t want to stay here now, it was fine when I was staying to visit dad, my cat was here, but now the cat has gone to live with my oldest brother and his family, so nothing living is here now. It still has its familiar books and pictures, models that dad made, plates, pencils that went towards Gaggy’s collection.
I know that this seems morbid or melancholic, but I don’t think it is really. People are what makes something or somewhere make you feel like you belong. I’ve been very lucky, I’ve lived with 18 people in the last 9 years and I’ve felt at home nearly everywhere I’ve been. I’ve had a good week – I’ve been singing with my old choir, I’ve sat in on some lessons at my old school to see the sorts of things I should be doing when I get back to Tanzania, I’ve bumped into people I’ve not seen for years. Although I can’t picture myself ever living permanently in Northamptonshire or even in England for quite a while, it’s good to know I can fit back in relatively easily. And I know I’ll fit back in Tanzania when I go back there.
It’s been interesting watching people since I’ve been back because I’m the only one on my own – in some respects that gives me a fair bit of freedom because I can decide what I want to do without having to co-ordinate plans with someone else, or think about what they want to do. It’s good to be a bit selfish sometimes. But it’s also good to see people being able to support each other, being happy, doing silly little things together, I do miss that a bit but for now, it’s just me on my own and it’s time for that. I’ve completely lost my train of thought now and should probably get back to cleaning things up…
Burt Bacharach and Hal David put it well, Ella Fitzgerald sings it best
(Although, I don’t think you have to have a man around to make your house a home, but that’s not the point of the song.)