jan_can_too (jan_can_too) wrote,
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Zoo

It is good to be HOME. It is good to empty the trash and fold laundry and walk Cricket and snuggle Brent and unpack the suitcase and put away books.

I think maybe the best new analogy I have found for what it is like to visit my parents’ house is that it is like being in a zoo. Not visiting a zoo. Being on exhibit. Privacy varies between conditional and non-existent. My appearance is scrutinized in case it happens to be cute or weird or even characteristic of my species. The environment somewhat resembles my natural habitat, except that it’s a lot smaller and I don’t get to choose my own diet or enrichment activities.

That makes it sound totally unpleasant, which is where the analogy breaks down. I love my parents and I enjoy my visits with them. It’s just not my natural habitat anymore.
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