I’ve got home on my mind: what it feels like, how we make it, what we carry from the past and how we separate other people’s leftovers from objects that really reflect our identity. My family has had one home for the past 13 years, the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere. As the time when all the children are gone comes closer, I wonder where my next home will be?
So here are five questions about home.
1) Where was your first home?
I was born and lived most of my life in Ohio (with a short hiatus to South Carolina) until grad. school and marriage. So for me, the word that speaks “home” is Ohio… however, I have not lived in any of the homes my parents owned or rented most recently. Now that we have our own home, “home” is here with my beloved and daughters.
2) Do you ever dream about places you used to live?
Not really. They have a lot of good memories associated with them, though.
3) If you could bring back one person from your past to sit at your dinner table, who would you choose?
4) What’s your favorite room in your current living space?
Ooh that’s a hard one. We had our kitchen remodeled last year, and I love it! However, I’d have to say our sitting room is my favorite room right now because of the natural lighting and comfy seating. Great place to flop and read.
5) Is there an object or an item where you live now that represents home? If not, can you think of one from your childhood?
My piano! My parents got it for me when I was headed to college as a music major. It is woefully underplayed, but I do enjoy it. And I think of them and their support and confidence in me when I play.