They say, “Home is where the heart is.” James Otis said, “A [person’s] home is [their] castle.” There are books on buying a home, creating a home, remodeling the home you have, loving your home, and making a second home.
But what, exactly, is “home”?
For me, I don’t feel “at home” unless there are books, a piano, and cats. Failing cats, at least pets of some kind, preferably mammals. That’s what’s necessary to make it not just a house, but a home. I’m always puzzled by people without books. I’m told there is a creature who is “not a reader,” but that is as alien to me as breathing the atmosphere on Venus. And no pets? What blasphemy is that?
More esoteric, perhaps, is the existence of a piano. I wander, room to room, wondering what’s missing, and if I see a piano, I stop, comforted. Somehow, the fact of the piano calms me and lets me know I’m in a place that can be called a home.
While musing on home, and creating art, and music, and all sorts of other things that writers muse upon at the crest of a new year, I created the mandala above. It’s a word art representing the question of “What is home?”
But I’m curious, Dear Reader: what makes you feel at home?
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings
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