22 January 2013

Home is...

Home
/hōm/

Noun
The place where one lives permanently, esp. as a member of a family or household.

Adjective
Of or relating to the place where one lives: "your home address".

Adverb
To the place where one lives: "what time did he get home last night?".

Verb
(of an animal) Return by instinct to its territory after leaving it: "geese homing to their summer nesting grounds".


Is that it though? Can your heart and your head have different homes too? As an expat this is a question that comes up a lot - "Where do you call home?" Is it where your clothes and bed are, or is it where you grew up?


“Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”
Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye


Synonyms
noun.
house - residence - dwelling - abode - habitation

adjective.
domestic - native

adverb.
homewards - at home - indoors


“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”

  
“Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest” 
Robert Montgomery
 
I guess that's still a question I'm yet to answer...

5 comments :

  1. Its similar for me, I am not sure what to call home. When I go to Czech Republic I always say that I am going home and when I am in Czech Republic and returning to London... again I am again saying I am going back home.

    But I would say that my home is now where my pets are :)

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    1. It's a strange thought isn't it.

      I love that definitions!

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  2. What a great post! I think every expat blog I read has a similar post because it's so true... what is home? It's hard to define when you're moving around so often and you feel homesick for many locations.

    Thanks for linking up with us!

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  3. It is a question I hear quite a bit. I think I found my answer though. To me, home is anywhere when I feel at home inside myself :) (I think that's the corniest thing I've ever said).


    ~ K

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  4. I love how you approached this - if I were to choose a home as a house then, of course, it would be this house I have been living in for the last two years in Canada. Does it feel like a home? Absolutely! It is filled with love and my little family. Would I call this country home though...it is such a peculiar concept. Guess we are both still working it out...

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