In Others’ Words: Home

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“My home is not a place, it is people.”

~ Lois McMaster Bujold, American author


I had a definitive definition of home for many years–and it was most definitely a place.
Then I married my husband, who was in the Air Force.
My idea of home had to change.
Uncle Sam determined where home was — and I realized location wasn’t the determining factor when I thought of home.
The people who were with me, whatever our address was at the time, represented home.
The stuff we lugged with us?
Not home, either.
My husband, my son, my three daughters: home.
I’ve also discovered when “home” becomes people, it expands. One of our family mottoes is “There’s always room for one more.”
And watching my adult children establish their own homes … ah, bittersweet. I’m cheering them on with tear-filled eyes. In a way, my definition of home expands in a whole new way.

In Your Words: How do you define home?
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