Friday JohnKu – Aka – TGIF



It is Friday and I am headed home. I don’t get in until late tonight but it will be nice to see the Gulf and listen to the waves. It is surprising when you live with wave noise in your ears 24/7 how quiet the world is when you leave.

It has been a great trip but now time to catch a glimpse of the red, white, and blue. I always get a little thrill when the customs agent hands me my passport and says, “Welcome home.” I guess as I get older it is small things like that greeting that makes me appreciate living in America.

Today’s JohnKu talks about home. I hope you have a great weekend.

Home by John W. HowellΒ Β© 2017

Travels mean away,

The return is always sweet. .Β .

There’s no place like home.


  1. Welcome home, John. I’m saying that when I’m in India. I guess I should consider it home but I never could quite do that. All the best. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. I understand. I admire your grit. πŸ™‚

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    You are so right – there is no place like home, especially after a long journey. Welcome home! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Gwen. I’m in Toronto but working my way to Texas.

  3. Have a safe trip back. May your luggage meet you at the baggage claim.

    1. Thank you. Charles. Good thought. Going my luggage was three days late.

      1. Ouch. My last and international trip had that. I went to Israel like I was supposed to. My luggage got off in Athens for some reason.

      2. Oh my. What a nightmare.

      3. It made for an odd introduction.

  4. So true. They home is where your heart is – and my heart will always live on US soil!!
    [that picture is of Freddie mercury from Queen – a big favorite around this house!]

    1. I know. I love Queen. Wrote two books while listening to their CD’s Thanks, GP.

      1. Being as each one was at or near genius level – maybe they helped?!!

      2. I’m sure they did.

  5. Welcome home, John! I agree, there’s a special feeling when we step back on to America soil. I’m happy you had a nice trip. Enjoy the sounds and smell of the Gulf! Great meme!

    1. Thank you, Jill. Glad its the weekend. πŸ™‚

  6. Safe travels, John, and welcome home! I fully understand that feeling of stepping back onto American soil!

    1. I’m in Toronto now but looking forward to it.

  7. Two of our national treasures, you and Susie Lindau, are back home! It’s time for a parade…

    And it wouldn’t be Friday without a JohnKu. πŸ™‚

    Happy Friday!

    1. Aw. Such a nice thing to say. Thanks, Pilgrim

      1. True thing. πŸ™‚

  8. Safe travels and welcome home, John!

    1. Thank you, Teri.

  9. Hoping those waves welcome you in all the right ways. Smells, sounds and taste of the air all offering a great welcome home. β™‘

    1. Thank you, Audrey. πŸ™‚

  10. Wishing you safe travels today. Yes, you will enjoy the tranquility and peace of the ocean. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!

    1. Thank you, Jan. πŸ™‚

  11. So true, John, and how nice that you’ll be home for the Fourth! I miss hearing the waves, too, and I’m not even out of the country, ha!

    1. Ha ha ha, Thank you, Debbie.

  12. Yup, nothing makes you appreciate home like being away from it. Welcome home, John.

    1. Thank you, Phillip. Good to be on the road.

  13. Lovely. Welcome back, John! πŸ™‚

  14. Lovely poem, John. Safe travels, and assuming you read this after you’re back, welcome home.

    1. nope still on the road. I’m in Toronto right now. I get home about 10:30 PM or so.

  15. Welcome home, John! Glad you missed USA and the Gulf of Mexico.

    1. I’m not quite there, but yes. Thanks, Jo.

  16. There is nowhere quite like home John. I only wish my experience of American airport customs were as positive as yours. Have a good weekend.

    1. Maybe you were giving it the old “Colonies” routine, Guy.

      1. No, I said I from The Yemen.

      2. Oh that is a way to get some friendly responses.

  17. Hope your trip is uneventful. Gee, I don’t get greeted like that by Canadian Customs. I guess they’d rather I stay away.

    1. Ha ha ha, John. I’m sitting in Toronto eh?

      1. Oh, My! I coulda met you there! Are you on the plane or in the terminal?

      2. No I just got through customs and am waiting for my flight. No worries. Big Wave to you.

      3. It would have been a nice opportunity to sit and talk with you a bit. Big wave back, eh!

      4. Yes. I should have thought that through

  18. Click your heels three times, John. Then line up for the nice man from TSA.

    1. And don’t forget the Customs officer.

  19. Safe travels, and I’m glad you had a good time.

  20. Welcome back to your home soil, John. I know I still get a huge lump in my throat when flying in to Sydney, as soon as the Opera house comes in to view I turn into a marshmallow. We all seem to be genetically predispositioned to respond to the scent of home soil. I understand it when I witness folks cry with pleasure as they walk away from the plane.

    1. I do too, Soooz. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  21. Welcome home! It’s lovely to travel and see the world, taste the different foods, meet new people, make new friends, but it’s always so good to get home isn’t it.

    1. It is good to get home. Thanks, Deborah.

    1. Thank you, Traci.

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