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How to Make This Home: A "Fangirl" Parody

Based on Natalie Weiss's "How To Return Home"


This is not used for profit, but instead to spread joy amongst fellow bookworms

Your memories hanging on the old dingy corkboard, Home is gone, you’ve left it and now you're shaken, Like walking into a new place somehow out of time.

It's all the same except the girl in the doorway, Where she's been and who she will ripen into, Your childhood's on the other side of a sprawling divide… too wide.

Take a silent breath. Hold in the change. Tell yourself you now live here. Take your bags up the stairs. It's the only way you'll get through today. Count the hours. Take a shower. Wash yourself away.

The dorm is pulsing with an alien heartbeat, Was it always there but you never listened? It's calling you to be the girl that you were way back then… again.

Take a silent breath. Hold in the change. Tell yourself you now live here. Take your bags up the stairs. Put away your clothes, take it nice and slow. Be his daughter. Nothing's harder When nobody knows How to make this home. How to make this home

And how to survive, There's no written guidelines. How to go back, How to show up and unpack. How to show up. How to grow up. How to take a breath.

Take a silent breath. Hold in the change. Tell yourself you now live here. Take your bags up the stairs. You still share a name But you're not the same. You don't fight it. You don't hide it. It's a whole new game of how to make this home.

How to make this home. How to make this home. How to make this home.

Your memories hanging on the old dingy corkboard, Home is gone, you’ve left it and now you're shaken.


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