A sense of home

As I sit here at the kitchen table in London on the last few days before Christmas, tapping away on my laptop and watching the clouds scud past the window, my thoughts turn to what we mean by the term home.

For me, home is where love is. And my love is my husband of two years. His presence and his companionship immediately make anywhere that we live home. Having said that, there are places to be in that feel more comfortable and more aligned with our core values and way of life than others. London would never be that place for us. It’s just where we have to be for work. It’s too fast and impersonal, too urban. Too concrete. Too polluted.

I’m sure we’ve all seen dogs slowly and endlessly circling around, trying to find that indefinably perfect spot to settle in. I seem to have been that way for most of my life, living in Germany, France, Holland, England and America, yet never fully settling or feeling that deep sense of belonging in any of them.

The closest I’ve ever got to that is the island.  For me, cold, wet, bleak, and as wild as it is, it speaks to me at some deep level that makes me feel that this could be home. When I’m on the island I feel a sense of something deep within me unclenching, and some of the anxiety that is ever present in urban life starting to relax it’s grip on me.

Some people count the nights until Christmas in the anticipation of the day. I’m counting the months and years until we are on the island in our own little home.

11 Replies to “A sense of home”

  1. So excited for you! And completely understand the “unclenching” – certainly not possible in London… I look forward to following your journey (though would also love to see you – been ages – lunch soon?). Cx

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  2. I love your description of home! While the States are definitely my home (and specifically probably back into Florida where my soul was born and grew and bore children, in my two trips to Scotland it has felt as though there is a returning. I feel the magic held in the ground there. I sense all the family that has traversed that land. I’m happy that you have found a place that calls to you. Can’t wait to follow along on the adventure.

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