The nomadic experience of a professional athlete almost always involves change. Addresses, phone numbers, countries, friendships, work places, routines.
So as the years roll on, familiar faces, familiar places, come to carry a particular, impossible-to-replicate resonance.
"Being at home,'' acknowledged Kris Versteeg on garbage-bag Friday down at the Scotiabank Saddledome, "has been amazing.
"I can't properly put into words how much I've enjoyed this season.
"It's been so special.