Dan Fitch
2 min readAug 7

What does it mean to come home?

You see the idea put forth in popular films, television, and writing. Coming home. The attraction to a place and the people that pulls you back, no matter how far you go away from home.

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I recently traveled to the Adirondack mountains- it’s essentially a yearly tradition. We don’t camp per se, but we do rough it a bit. Adirondack living can be a little rustic, a little less on the daily showering, a little more on the snacking or drinking, and definitely more on the time walking, hiking, or swimming.

When you’re away from home, what do you find yourself doing? Are you taking in the scenery or embedding yourself in the local culture? Are you going into slug mode (as a friend of mine calls his summer break from school) or taking time to be active outside of your routine?

Of course, I find a tipping point in being away. That moment between “I love the difference between here and home” and “I miss the life in which I am so comfortable.” I admire frequent travelers- the ability to pick up and go. The ability to be more carefree. I find my mind looking back too often. Wondering what is being missed at home.

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What does it mean to come home?

When you return to your school at the end of summer break, will you find it to be your “home?” You can welcome the familiar surroundings, the regular faces, and the routines that you own. You could also have moved schools or grades and be looking at new systems to organize, new curriculum, new peers, and certainly lots of uncertainty.

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What does it mean to come home? To me, it’s the familiarity of your surroundings with your routine. Whether you are returning to your regular school and grade, or you moved, you can make it your home. Find your routine, trust your process, be inquisitive and learn no matter the place.

Dan Fitch

Helping kids communicate is my day job. Wading through my thoughts to get them out here.