What does home mean to you?
It is, traditionally, the house that you live in. In fact, the Oxford dictionary defines a home as “The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household”.
Yet over the past few years I have come to realise that there is more to home than just a place, than just bricks and mortar. Home can mean many different things, depending on the person who describes it.
So I thought I would share what home meant to me, in the hope of spreading a little warmth and also giving you a bit of an insight into my life!
To me, home is…
- My husband’s desk being set up in the living room so he is always part of the moment, rather than being tucked away in a separate room;
- The mess of kiddies toys after a hard day of playing and generally causing chaos;
- Cups of tea in specially bought “I Am Groot” mugs that no one else is allowed to use;
- Knowing which floorboards are the creaky ones when you sneak around upstairs, trying not to wake the kids;
- Having a mixture of both homely bits and bits of wire etc scattered throughout the house, each trying to balance the other out;
- Slippers, cosy hoodies and crazy pyjama bottoms that you wouldn’t be seen dead in outside the house but are quite happy to spend the day lounging in on the sofa;
- The white noise of baby monitors on the cupboard side;
- Dishes piled up by the side of the sink waiting to be done tomorrow because you just can’t face them tonight;
- The floor being covered in a range of different cushions because the kids have decided that cushions are perfect for bouncing on;
- Finding lego with your feet when you get up first thing in the morning;
- Anywhere that my husband and my children are – if they’re in the car, my home is there. If they’re on holiday in Wales, my home is there. They are my home and home isn’t home without them. (That’s a lot of homes, I know!)
So what does the word home mean to you?
Do you have something that makes your home “home” that things just are not the same without?
Let me know in the comments below!