Growing up I heard the phrase “home, sweet home”, but it did not fit what I was experiencing. I never felt much “sweet” where I lived during a difficult childhood. Only as an adult have I been able to realize the tranquility and safety that was possible in one’s own place. That is why today “home” is my favorite place to be.
Some of my early “home, sweet homes” were humble, but cool. My first place I could afford to live without roommates was a little cottage in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It sat up on the west side of a hill with parking way down below. To reach the hillside cottage I had to use a footbridge across a small stream and then use a bunch of stairs to get up the hill. Bringing home groceries and getting them to my place was good exercise! This place was tiny, but it was mine; MY home. I loved living there.
Some friends who moved away owned an old Victorian house and rented it to me. It had lots of faults including an upstairs bathroom that did not work. Not a big deal until you realize the bedrooms were upstairs and the only working bathroom was downstairs way in the back by the kitchen. The place needed a lot of work but it was my home. I felt safe and protected there.
Another residence vivid in memory is the home I shared with my new wife in huge high-rise in the middle of a big city. For a kid from the country, this was a fascinating experience. My work was in the same building. The bottom two floors contained a shopping mall that included a two screen theatre, a grocery store, a drug store and a food court. Even my doctor and dentist were in the building. Once I did not leave the building for ten days! My home there was a cherished adventure.
Since those times in my early 20’s, I have lived in over a dozen different homes in five states and one foreign country with each being my unique protected safe sanctuary from the world.
Wikipedia defines a home as: a place of residence or refuge. It is usually a place in which an individual or a family can rest and store personal property. That’s a bit “encyclopedia-ish” for my taste.
- Home is a place of safety from the elements and the outside world.
- Home is where I share life and my truest self with people I care most about.
- Home is where belongings collected from many points and times remind me of the wonderful life I am having.
- Home is a place of serenity even when once upon a time there was the noise of a child nearby.
- Home is the one place I don’t care if my hair is sticking up and fashion is my ratty, comfy clothes.
- Home is the place where I have done the most manual labor of my life as I worked on up-keep and to make each house uniquely a home.
- Home is where I really do live. Here and there you will find shoes in the corner, blankets and pillows stacked by the fireplace, books and magazines strewn about, stacks of papers and magazines, my briefcase on the kitchen table, etc.
- Home is where I often lose coffee cups temporarily and later find them with interesting science experiments growing inside.
- Home is where I have at least one or two “junk drawers” filled with things I just may need sometime.
- Home is where the books I love and the music I adore are.
- Home is where many of my favorite smells can be found. I love candles and incense of all sorts. As I go room to room the scent landscape changes.
- Home is where I can cook without regard for what others think of my cooking.
- Home is where I love to take Sunday afternoon naps with the windows open while it rains buckets outside.
- Home is slowing down. Sitting down. Lying down.
- Home is where I greet the morning, and where I bid another day good night.
- Home is imperfection unlike the gorgeous houses in glossy magazines. My home has never been and will never look perfect like that. My home is “perfect” for me in its uniqueness and how it is an extension of who I am.
There is no place on Earth I would rather be than at home. I am extraordinarily blessed to live as I do so comfortably. My gratitude for my home exceeds the words I can find to express it.
A house is made of walls and beams
a home is built with love and dreams.