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Today I’m talking about HOME.
Home. Homesick. Right at home.
The hackneyed “Home is where the heart is” is hackneyed for a reason. It’s true.
For me, home means loved ones, friends, family. Or that certain loved one, the significant other.
With him, I might be in a tiny apartment or stranded on a deserted island, or camping under the stars, but together… we’d be home.
Still most of us have been thrown, alone, into unfamiliar places and circumstances where we’re forced to adjust and try to settle in. Feel at home. I’ve moved a dozen times. Maybe you’ve been a student or a soldier or transplanted worker far from home. In those situations, how do you get from homesickto at home?
Maybe home becomes a photograph or a painting, or a ring, or a book? It could be the soothing sound of a familiar accent, the snoring of a pet, an old song played on a guitar or piano or blasted from a car radio? Is it a favorite movie? Maybe it’s a TV show where you can recite the episodes line by line. Friends anyone? The Office?
Is home the sound of the dawn train in the distance or the smell of chicken roasting in the oven?
Someone asked me what the overarching theme of my stories is. At first, I had no answer. My stories are born from a spark of an idea that I turned into a story. A romance. But the more I thought about it the more I knew the people in my contemporary romances are searching for home. Home as a place. Home as a calling or career. And because these are romances home as a person.
Where is your heart? What means home to you? What do you bring from place to place to give you comfort and joy?
My talismans have changed over the years but right now to feel at home I need my dad’s wedding ring and a photo with me and my husband, my daughters and their partners on vacation in California.
Tell me in the comments and leave me your email address (or send it directly to my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’ll gift two random commenters with an ARC of one of my two soon to be released books Their No Strings Affair or my novella Forever in a Moment, OR an ebook copy of one of my first two books, The Marriage Ultimatum or A Model Engagement.
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Funny but we just moved, changed homes. But we do still have the old one. Daughter #2 is living there, but she wants to come to us. Home is not just your personal possessions but individuals along for the ride.
You’re right Debra. No matter how much space we have, our family all snuggle up on the sofa together.
My family and my pets are home to me! 🙂
I agree Colleen. Wherever we are all together is home. Thanks for the contact info for the contest!
Home to me is wherever my family is. Right now everyone is scattered across the country so in the moments we are all together I feel the most at home. Even if that is no where near I actually live.
I love being surrounded by family. Even when they are being so loud that I need to leave the room for a little silence!
I hear you Alanna. Exactly.
I agree Jennifer. Peace and quiet is highly overrated.