For the smell of onions cooking on the stove. Balsam candles, public transportation, meals with old friends and new. Garland and twinkle lights, hung with care. Family traditions, and the start of our own. Matching pajamas for the baby and his cousins. A dog, sleeping on the couch. Leather notebooks. Planned adventures. Tiny socks found all over the house. Six-month-old smiles, and the way he buries his head in my neck. Early morning drives. A husband bringing dinner. The ability to work from home. Grandmothers: his and mine. Texts about wedding plans. Ice cream with sisters. A favorite author, a new book. Warm sweatshirts on morning runs. A home, and the work that goes into making it.

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