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New Jersey Bound
by Dave Harm
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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The Harm family is going on vacation! To my roots! New Jersey! It's been 20 years since I've been "home." We'll spend two weeks on the East Coast. We'll hit New York City (Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, Times Square, etc) and the Jersey shore. Then head south to DC. One thing I seen as a child was the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns - we'll see it again. Betty has never been back east and the amount of time since I've been there - it will be a major sight-seeing tour. If all goes well, we'll be through 13 states in 14 days! A lot of traveling, but I'm ready to go exploring! Hopefully, I'll be blogging the events of our trip...

‘you can never return home’
my birthplace - never fitted in
mentally always alone
twenty years I haven’t walk
on that ground
but I head back…
spiritually sound

no longer needing approval
no longer seeking forgiveness
I’ve come to far to be shamed
into the roles of my past
I’m not entitled to live
with my mistakes
they were choices I made
and learned from

jersey bound
my roots and family
but this vacation won’t be judged
on the acceptance I receive
I’ve been building a bridge
for over 20 years,
yet on the other side
nothing happens

the past has been acknowledged
the past has been relived
the past… is now… past
through work and acceptance
it’s been buried…
with no bitterness
the future will hold regrets
but no shame…
no shame…

©2006 Dave Harm

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Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 6/1/2006
Have a great trip!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/31/2006
Coming to NJ, huh? Did you get all your shots, as well as bringing along a bottle of something to take a shot of when sitting in traffic...better bring a radiation suit for all members of the family, as if not you could leave glowing in the dark, unless of course that sounds like a good idea to you...;) As well you better bring a passport, you never know when you might need it to cross into NJ...Say hello as you pass by, Rufuz will respond with a loud W00F...Enjoy your trip...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/31/2006
I wish you all the best Dave! I'm originally from Belleville N. J. and the seashore was my second home. Been quite a few years since I've been there . Hope you have a great trip and keep that optimism no matter what! Hey Ed Matlack and his dog Rufuz,lives in Sea Isle;-)
My prayers go with you,Enjoy!

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/31/2006
I do wish you and yours a wonderful trip, Dave. Stay safe. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Gloria Buono Daly 5/31/2006
You have a great attitude and I'm sure your trip will be fruitful and full of surprises. Loved this prose. Throughout most of my early childhood, we spent the entire summer at the Jersey shore. Have a great trip and I'll try to read your blogs. My best, Gloria
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/31/2006
Sometimes going home isn't all it is cracked up to be. But I sincerely hope that is not the case with you. Actually, it sounds like a wind trip, thirteen states in fourteen days, even up there where the states a kinda small, that is some doing. Have fun. Write about it.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 5/31/2006
Have a wonderful trip, Dave, it all sounds pretty exciting. It is strange how the past seems to want to pin us into a certain slot of who we were at that given moment. We all grow and hopefully we learn from the mistakes we have made. Anyone who doesn't understand this is forgetting their own past. You will be doing a lot of traveling, but I have made that trip and it is doable...I did, however, inadvertantly blow through Delaware one night without even realizing it, so that is the only US state that I have not yet seen, though I guess I could say that I have been to Delaware. I hope the weather Gods will smile upon you and that your trip will be filled with many warm and touching memories.
Take care,

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