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For as long as I can remember I have had an obsession with fascinating doors. Front doors are especially wonderful. They are the entrance into a wholly personal world. The world of an individual, a  family, a truly unique story.  The front door to a home is like the cover of a great book; in looking at it, you can’t help but wonder what is inside.  This is not my front door, but sometimes I wish it was. Sometimes I wish this was the beginning of my story, the front cover on my home.

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In finally reaching the destination our minds and hearts have been set on for months now, I can’t help but reflect on our journey and what it means to be sitting here now. I am currently twelve stories above Cambridge looking over the greater Boston area and struggling to convince myself that everything I can and cannot see below me somehow rests under the simple title of ‘home.’ I am more than three thousand miles away from anything that I have previously regarded as home. Tomorrow I will be given the key to an apartment I have never seen before with the intention of transforming that unknown place into Home. In our month long journey across the country we have been welcomed into countless homes and told to make ourselves ‘at home.’ On the occasion of staying with Katie’s family and relatives, we were told “Mi casa es su casa.” Countless family members have reminded us to come home and that they will visit once we make a home for ourselves. For a large portion of the previous few weeks, our home has been a 2004 Toyota Tacoma and we have been consistently referring to Highway-90 as home base. Never have I imagined a word with more fluid of a meaning than that of ‘home.’

Now, mere hours away from crossing the threshold into our new apartment and our new home, I would like to take a brief moment to thank everyone who has helped us along the way. To all the friends, family members, siblings, parents, loved ones, acquaintances, bumped-into strangers, fellow campers, and household pets that took us in, comforted us, sheltered us, entertained us and fed us, we would like to extend our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude. To the new found friends, co-workers and colleagues that we have met in the past few days in Boston, we would also like to extend our genuine thanks for accepting us into your great city and making us feel like we truly are at home.

Cheers.

Matt