About a month ago my cousin Chris put our family's historic home on the market. It's just her now, the yard and the big house have become too much for one person to maintain. We all understand. But, it's a sort of bitter sweet feeling. For the first time in over a 100 years a non-family member will live at 604 Sheridan. We will always have the memories, family stories, and history, still in a way if feels like the end of an era. The end of the greatest generation of the Connor family.
All this has gotten me thinking about the concept of home. "Where is my home?" "Is it Danville, Illinois or is it Bellingham, Washington?" "Am I at home in my craft?" "Am I at home in this moment or am I at home in my memories?" "What does home mean to me? What does it mean for other people?"
For some home is a place. There is no question where their home is. For others, the concept of home is far more complicated.
I grew up in the Mid-west and while I have distinct memories of moments feeling like home. I haven't felt at home there in a very long time. I think most of my "home like" feelings come from smells. The smell of coffee brewing, fresh laundry, flour smells like home because of mom's homemade noodles, lemons smell like home because of the cut lemons Aunt Lois would put in her sun tea. But are the feelings associated with these smell really "home" or is it simply nostalgia for my childhood? I don't really know. But, I think it's okay not to know. For now I'm going to enjoy some sun tea, with some lemon slices and allow myself to feel at home.
Aunt Lois' Sun Tea
6 quarts of Water in a glass jar or pitcher
7 tea bags (she used Lipton but I prefer Twinning's earl grey for some florally goodness)
Place glass jar or pitcher in direct sun.
Allow tea to steep in water until it looks to be the strength you like (3 hours for me, but if you like weak tea, or stronger tea you may want to adjust your time accordingly)
Sweet Simple Syrup
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
bring water to a boil or until sugar is fully dissolved.
allow to cool and add to jar or pitcher of tea.