Home is a Feeling

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When you’re a traveler at heart, when you’ve moved a lot, or even if you just moved once, you probably have thought to yourself, ‘what is home, anyways?’ Personally, after having lived abroad, having friends and family all over the world, and realizing that home can be so much more than an address. Really, home is a feeling. These are some of mine, but I’d love to hear yours in the comments below!

  1. The smell of freshly baking cookies.
  2. Comfortable silence with loved ones.
  3. When the wifi connects automatically.
  4. Where pants are optional and blankets are plentiful.
  5. Waiting at the gate of an airport, after security of course.
  6. Driving in the car with the windows down, some good music on, and the sun shining and warming your skin.
  7. Traditions.
  8. Your pillow and your bed being there for you to rest your head on.
  9. A good book and a hammock.
  10. Watching tv with someone you love and listening to them laugh.
  11. The first sip of a warm cup of tea or coffee.
  12. When you call a friend to catch up, and they pick up before their voicemail does.
  13. Your parent’s pride.
  14. Knowing where the spare key is hidden.
  15. Getting “snail mail” with your name on it.
  16. The moment you let out a contented sigh at the end of a long day.
  17. The place you don’t want to escape from.

What does home mean to you?

2 thoughts on “Home is a Feeling

  1. Carey says:

    I get up at 5am, take the dogs out, bring ’em back in and feed them First Breakfast (which is followed in 2 hours by Second Breakfast, throughout the day by Schnakkies! – always spoken with enthusiasm – and eventually Dinner and post-dinner raw carrots). Then I make a cup of hot Ty-phoo black tea with a splash of milk, settle on the sofa with a throw, and let my mind wander to begin the day. One morning this past January I was feeling extremely grateful for three things at that moment: A comfortable place to, sit, a throw/robe to keep the chill off, and a hot cup of tea. It dawned on me how different the morning would feel if even one of those things was missing. If I can replicate that routine in some way when I travel, I feel more at home and my day goes better:-) A few other things that mean home to me:

    1. Locking the door at the end of the day, and saying, “We’re in for the night!” after which comes our loose comfy clothes, dinner in front of the T.V., just that feeling of letting down the guard and “turning off” whatever we “turn on” in public (the “pants optional” & “contented sigh” type things you noted above).
    2. Braless!
    3. The whistling kettle.
    4. Sounds of the neighbors’ chickens.
    5. Like you: my own bed and pillow, that first sip of tea, reading books.
    6. My dogs.
    7. Dinking around getting little things done with nobody looking over my shoulder.

  2. Laura says:

    haha some of these made me laugh! #4 is high on my “feeling at home” priority list for sure. For me it’s somewhere that I can cook a good home-cooked meal, somewhere I can feel utterly relaxed, somewhere that I can sleep entirely through the night without waking up to a foreign sound.
    Laura | collectinglabels.com

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