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“Home is where the heart is.”

As the years pass, this phrase begins to have more meaning for me. No longer does the word “home” bring to mind bricks and mortar. Instead, the image that comes to me is of the people that create my home with me: my husband and children. Wherever we are, together, that is where I feel the love, joy and security that they have brought into my life. The children’s chatter seem to bind our lives together, creating a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Our home is more than the four walls that surround us. It is more than the chairs we lounge on, or the bric-a-brac that is scattered around the place we live in. Our home travels with us when we go on holiday – whether it is for a weekend or a month. Our home is what we make of it, as people, and cannot be quantified and boxed.

My heart is filled with love: given and received. And because I have this, I have a home. ย “Home is where the heart is.” And my home is large indeed.

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt given this week by Lisa-Jo Baker)

ยฉ Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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17 thoughts on “Home

  1. ‘Home’ is generally a compromise in these days of scattered families and frequent moves. I find myself looking wistfully at the very few who, as families, still occupy estates where the family have been for hundreds of years. How wonderful to go adventuring, but with that to come back to!

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  2. Yes, home is definitely where the heart is for many. As one commenter wrote, above that it is interesting to have a homestead that one can return to that has been in the family for generations. This would be wonderful. I wish that my grandparents had kept the homes they owned in the beaches in Toronto. It would be wonderful to visit and know that my own parent had been raised there. Hardly anyone keeps their original homes anymore.

    I have a friend I have know since we were both 12 and she is the only person I know with the exception of my in-laws who have kept their original home. It is such a trek through the 1970’s when she and I have visited her parents. It brings back many memories of visiting her at her parents home when I was a teenager.

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    1. As you suggest, it seems like people like to sell and downsize once the children have left the home to begin their own. Part of the reason, I think, would be financial as the upkeep and maintenance of a home is more than was previously.

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