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Mr. Nielson and I have been back east to New York City several times
since we moved from New Jersey in 2006, but we have never
been back to our town of East Brunswick.
This trip we made it happen!
We drove the familiar roads, freeways, and side roads
until we made it into our neighborhood.
Then I felt emotional and cried.
The house and neighborhood looks about the same.
We found our little yellow house and parked
around the corner so we could walk up to it.
I felt the familiar love and loyalty for the neighborhood and the house.
My mind was flooded with memories!
I remembered the streets I walked when I was in labor with Oliver.
I saw the window to my bedroom where Oliver was born.
I saw the front lawn where I planted flowers, had picnics, and
where the girls and I caught lighting bugs in the Jersey summers.
I saw the windows that Mr. Nielson installed when we remodeled the back bedroom.
I saw where we discovered a cesspool in the backyard,
and the front door that Christian painted (still red!).
I wandered up the driveway where the little girls would
run up and down barefoot for hours with princess dresses on.
And best of all, our neighbors across the street still had the GOOSE!!
She looked healthy and happy and dressed!!
We also visited Colgate-Palmolive where Christian worked,
and we drove to South Amboy where my dear friend Aimee still lives!
I totally remembered exactly how to get to her house. Amazing.
After spending all day in New Jersey, Mr. Nielson and I took the train back to NYC
to our hotel room. On the train we talked about our life in Jersey years ago.
We talked about the hard times, good times, happy times, and we
laughed at the funny things that seemed to happen to us daily.
I am so thankful for those experiences.