Turtlenecks have always made her feel warm and safe.

A soft coat of cotton armor tucked under your chin. Long, protective sleeves gathered at your wrists.

She’s going home.

Home is where her family and friends live. Where she grew up. Where most of her memories were made. But, it’s not her Home. At least not how she defines the word.

Home to her is a contentment in her soul. Peace. Serenity.
Sometimes you have to travel far away from home to find Home – she did that.

Her Home is in the Colorado mountains. Where the wind hums through the pine trees and the sky is an endless cornflower blue. Dusty, dirt roads wind through pastures of horses, cows and weather worn red barns. Sunflowers line the road, leaning to and fro in the breeze. A river rushes by without a care.

Each morning she’s awakened to the melodic sounds of singing birds and chipmunks scuttling in the woodpile.

Home is a feeling deep inside you – It’s not a place.

She left her Home to go home.

She packed her turtlenecks.

About Jody

Jody is a graphic designer, doodler, reader, lover of dogs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She runs a popular print on demand site The Whimsy Doodle Shop and can usually be found doodling new design ideas on scraps of paper. Jody lives in LA with her husband and two rambunctious dachshunds.
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9 Responses to Turtlenecks

  1. I like how you bookended it with turtlenecks 🙂
    Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Victoria Morgan says:

    It’s great to read something of yours again, I’ve missed your writing Jody 🙂


  3. gregory Shipman says:

    And so we (the readers) see again what writing… good writing… impactful writing, is all about. You’ve taken a simply turtleneck and transformed it into something else… a symbol of something deeper, more meaningful… and in the telling you give us the pleasure derived from words transformed into feeling… descriptive feeling. And the last sentence says so much more than four words strung together should.


    • Jody says:

      You are too kind, Mr. Shipman. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I’m feeling a bit out of sorts and this came from that.
      Unrelated, I’m predicting now your Mash Stories piece will take a prize, it’s by far my favorite. A compliment by you is truly a gift… thank you.


  4. Joyce Woychik says:

    I loved this….I know how sad you are to be leaving Durango…hopefully one day soon, you will be able to go back.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Perk aka ssdb says:

    Excellent Jody. SSD

    Liked by 1 person

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