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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 home – 39 days to go

22 Nov

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There are 39 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight, I celebrate my ancestors and the “homeland” that my grandfather told me about ages ago. Esslingen am Neckar. It was the cutest little old German village I have ever seen (not that I have seen that many….) but I loved it. 

More than anything I loved seeing that faraway place I have always heard about. The hills, the houses, the rivers that meet in the middle of the medieval city. There were roads and roads of Christmas Market booths that were being set up with little green trees, angels and Santas. Unfortunately, the Christmas market doesn’t open until next week so I guess I must return again.  

Before we left, I left a piece of my heart in the city of my family name. As we crossed one of the bridges overlooking a picturesque park, I dug the little heart-shaped rock from my pocket that I carried with me from America. It was a rock from the beaches of Boston. I threw it over my shoulder and into the little river so that wherever I go, a part of my heart will always be in Esslingen. 

Over the last nine years, this promise and this blog have taught me that “home” is in your heart. Wherever you go it goes with you. But today, I left a little piece of my heart in the homeland. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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