• Jason E. Fort

How do you say goodbye to your home?

How do you say goodbye

To the only place you've ever known

Where you both grew up as a kid

And also learned to make it on your own?

How do you say goodbye

To the walls that hold the past

When you learned about core values

And traditions you pray will last?

How do you say goodbye

To the house you always knew

Where you had your friends over

When there was nothing else to do?

How do you say goodbye

To your 'old man's' old house

Where he taught you how to catch

And taught you not to be a louse!

How do you say goodbye

To the place your momma taught you to love

Where nothing like Mom's cooking

Made you think of Heaven above?

How do you say goodbye

To the house that held the rounds

Of the best of fights between brothers

With whom nobody else could mess around?

How do you say goodbye

To the place you learned to follow rules

And learned to hate homework

And pray for snow days home from school?

How do you say goodbye

To the place you brought a girl

And hoped they liked Mom and Dad

Even when they wrecked your world?

How do you say goodbye

With teardrops in your eyes

To the home your parents made...

When memories always fade?

There's no answer to the question

But in our minds... at least there's an entire tome -

And we can make sure to tell our kids

That we once knew the perfect home.

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Thanks be to God, for this home I knew and loved. My dad's hard work in business, my mom's hard work in education, my parents' hard work and values used to raise us, and my parents' faith in God... helped this place become a home. To most people, it's just a house, but to me and my brothers and parents, it was so much more. I will treasure the memories - forever!

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