Home is…


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

Of or relating to the place where one lives: “your home address”.

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

(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

house – residence – dwelling – abode – habitation

domestic – native

homewards – at home – indoors

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


the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the

Robert Montgomery


I guess that’s still a question I’m yet to answer…