Home Home.Home by SpeckledHeart
Such a funny word, so frequently misused.
Home should not be confined to a house, a room, or a land. Not even planet earth, for many find Home in the stars.
Home is comfort, warmth, cheer, love.
Home can be someone's arms, always open to you, always welcoming. Home can be your tea in the morning - or coffee, if that's how you dance.
Home can be the forest, the ocean, the open fields.
Home can be with a good friend. Star Wars. Goat balls. Lying together under a blanket of morning dew, watching the stars disappear from the morning sun.
Home can be looking into the eyes of a lover. Feeling their arms around you, being captured in their embrace. Their hand in yours, smiles blossoming.
Home can be mother's gaze, father's laugh. Sunday morning guitar, a game of cards, watching the sun go down on a Summer evening.
Home can be words. A good book, that disappears as the story unfolds around you. Living, breathing characters, that contrarywise you'd never have met. Purple eyes. Bl
Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.
Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nations' then-growing friendship, replacing an earlier gift of 2000 trees which had to be destroyed due to disease in 1910. These trees were planted in Sakura Park in Manhattan and line the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. (see West Potomac Park). The first two original trees were planted by first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the bank of the Tidal Basin. The gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965. In Washington, D.C. the cherry blossom trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction (and the subject of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival) when they reach full bloom in early spring. Also, Balboa Park of San Diego has 2,000 cherry blossom trees that blossom in mid to late March. In Los Angeles, over 2,000 trees are located at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys. These trees were donated by an anonymous Japanese benefactor and were planted in 1992. They originated from a single parent tree and were developed to grow in warm climates. Philadelphia is also home to over 2000 flowering Japanese cherry trees, half of which were a gift from the Japanese government in 1926 in honor of the 150th anniversary of American independence, with the other half planted by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia between 1998 and 2007. Philadelphia's cherry blossoms are located within Fairmount Park, and the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia celebrates the blooming trees. The University of Washington in Seattle also has cherry blossoms in its Quad.
Other US cities have an annual Cherry Blossom Festival (or Sakura Matsuri), including the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, which features over 300,000 cherry trees. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City also has a large, well-attended festival. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the site of the peace conference that produced the Treaty of Portsmouth, for which the original Washington, DC cherry trees were given in thanks. Several cherry trees planted on the bank of the tidal pond next to Portsmouth City Hall were the gift of Portsmouth's Japanese sister city of Nichinan—the hometown of Marquis Komura Jutarō, Japan's representative at the conference. Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, has 200 somei yoschino trees, a gift from its sister institution, Japan's Chubu University.
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Joe aka jswis aka dgrouch.