Coming Home (to APR)

Sep 8, 2018

Go away - I'm listening to APR!
Credit Lawrence Rayner [Flickr]

It's true - a pet can make wherever you live feel like home.  That feeling of comfort and familiarity is born from a relationship that develops over time.  If you have been listening to Alabama Public Radio for a while, maybe it's time to make a contribution.  Welcome home!

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For me, one of the nicest things about traveling is coming home. While I’m away, a good friend stops by every day to make sure my cat has plenty of food and water. But when I come home from a trip I can tell my furry friend has missed me. She walks in front of me as I climb the stairs, trying to figure out where I’m going next so she can go there, too. Or she does the tuck-and-roll maneuver on my feet - if you have a cat you probably recognize that one. She tucks her head down then rolls over on top of my feet, giving them a nice full-body massage. Some days it can be difficult to walk because she’s underfoot. But then I remember that she’s just expressing her pleasure that I’m back. It’s a sense of companionship and familiarity that tells me I’m home.

My travels sometimes take me outside the Alabama Public Radio listening area. I may sleep in unfamiliar beds and eat in unfamiliar places, but I can always turn on the radio and search the lower end of that dial until I find it - the unmistakable sound of public radio. And once I locate the public radio station on the dial, I don’t have to waste my time searching any more. Whether I hear classical music, or NPR news, or recognizable voices like Kai Ryssdal, or Terry Gross, that connection feels like home, wherever I am.

Still - as I’m returning from my trip, getting close to home, I hit the button on my car radio, the one that’s set to Alabama Public Radio. Whether it’s our award-winning news team with the latest news update or David Duff giving me some insight into a piece of classical music, it feels like I’m practically there. I know I’m close to home, close to the things that I depend on to be a part of my life.

If you’re a regular listener to APR but you just haven’t made that call yet, it’s time to come home - to Alabama Public Radio. Go online to apr.org/GIVE to make a contribution and join the family. It feels like home when you’re speaking of pets - and when you’re speaking of Alabama Public Radio.

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