I've lived in three places; My parent's house, college, and where I am now. My parent's house held me for twenty-two years though four of those were shared with college. I've lived where I am now, in my husband's house, for over thirty-two years. A visit with my mom is going "home."
This dove has built its nest on the ledge of a downtown office. It raised two broods each summer
When coming back from vacation, I come back "home." So which is "home?"
Home is as much landscape as it is structure. My home includes mountains and trees.
Above is the winter home of a caterpiller that become a large moth
Is it only home if we have made it ourself? Not actually built it with our own hands, but formed it through planning, decorating, deciding where the furniture goes. Perhaps it isn't home until we choose to go there when we are someplace else. I've been to my mother's house and felt ready to go "home" meaning back to the place I live now with my husband.
Right now I'm listening to a song that begs, " . . .father tell them to come home, keep the home fires burning." In this song, "home" is a place where we feel welcome, a place where we can rest. Home is where we know who we are or remember who we were.
My eighty-seven year old mother goes home to Virginia. A special joy comes over her when she visits with someone who remembers "home."
Birds search for a home to last long enough to raise a family a protective place.
A turtle is born with its home, carrying it with it forever. It usually dies in its home. That sounds nice. A turtle is not held back by its home; doesn't worry about traveling away from home. A turtle never asks, "did I turn off the stove? Will the pipes freeze?" A turtle doesn't worry if its home is clean enough for visitors. When a turtle meets another turtle, I imagine that they seldom discuss furniture. A turtle is interested if another's home is concave or flat on the bottom, though. (A male's shell is concave on the bottom. Can you figure out why? It makes for for more convenient "dating")
Human homes vary as much as do animals. Some people live above the water in houses built on stilts. Some spend their lives sleeping in hammocks strung between trees. Some live in caves while others live on boats, in campers or tents.