Sunday, October 05, 2008

Quotes and Thoughts about "HOME"

So, on the drive back to Wyoming I REALLY resisted referring to our new house as "Home". I called in "our house" or "back in Wyoming", but my heart aches at the thought of calling this "Home." Which confuses me, for, I certainly want my boys to have a "home". I just think of MY home as being in Arizona.

By the way, we arrived back at 10:30 pm ... after JUST 14 hours on the road today!

In any case, being so tired from this trip, I wanted to get back to my own bed and my things. But my feeling of rest and home points me back to Arizona. Luckily, my Mom helped me paint a mural with a Sonoran theme. When I saw it I smiled and felt better... I also thought that I should put a heat lamp in the room it's in to make it feel more like a desert (the house was 67 and outside was almost down to 40.) Also, all around Shadona Central Speedway, I have Arizona paintings and pictures. Whenever my eyes rested on one of my Sonoran things, I smiled and felt better. At least I can keep pieces of my home around me.

In any case, I think some of these revelations came after searching out "home" quotes online. Here are some that I found:

  • "Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." – William Morris, 19th Century Designer
  • A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.- George Moore
  • The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes. - Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)
  • Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
    Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. - John Howard Payne (1791 - 1852)
  • My home is not a place, it is people. - Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991
  • Every house where love abides
    And friendship is a guest,
    Is surely home, and home, sweet home
    For there the heart can rest. - -Henry Van Dyke
  • "Having some place to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing." – Unknown
  • "Home is a magical word - within that mystical circle are comforts and warmth never found outside it." – unknown
  • "Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." – Christian Morgenstern
  • "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." - Robert Frost
  • "Home is where there's someone to love, and someone to love us." – unknown

The quote that finally "hit home" (no pun intended) was this one:
  • "Home is where your favorite memories are." - Peter-Dirk Uys

and these followed closely behind it:
  • "Home is where your story begins" – Unknown
  • "Home is where one starts from." - T.S. Eliot
  • "May your home be a place where friends meet, family gathers and love grows." – UKNOWN
  • "Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends." - Samuel Pepys
  • "My home is where my books are." - Ellen Thompson 1909
  • "Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion." - Leigh Hunt

In any case, I've been pondering the simple little word "HOME" and what it means to us. It's strange how I resist using it because I just don't want to accept this Barren Wasteland as My Home...

So tell me, what does HOME mean to you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've have thought of you often since your first blog thoughts on home. Bill definitely feels his home is that barren waste land you are living in and he wants to be there. I feel my home is this beautiful lush mild place... How do we both blend these strong desires to be in our homes? Or is it really one person giving it all up? He has never felt the need as he does now to go "back home". I told him I think his mid-life crisis kicked in a few years early because of the health issues. And I don't have the optimism & hope that you did about the adventure. I know first hand what I don't like about it & there's a lot... What's a girl to do? Will my husband really be happier? I think his issues are much more than that one move... I love my home & don't want to leave:)

So, has it been worth it yet for you Ms. Arizona? Will you ever get to go back? Does he love it so much he is there to stay?

From, Ms. Oregon