It has so many connotations.
Where you live. Where you feel at home. Where you were born.
People often say “home is where the heart is”.
Is it really a place?
An environment perhaps?
Is it down to the people you are with?
I saw an interesting post here.
Lance talks about being born in London while his parents are from Yorkshire and Scotland. While he lives currently in Hampshire in the south, home is “probably Perth, although it could be Sheffield”.
Often, I’ve considered myself to be on the wrong side of the country. I always feel at home in Cornwall. In particular around Looe and Polperro. I don’t get to visit often enough as it’s such a distance for me but when I do, I always feel like I’m heading home. To where I belong. Though I’ve never worked out quite why?
I think it’s because I’m simply outdoors in a wonderful environment. There are hills and open spaces nearby but I’ve got the amazing Cornish coastline to explore both upon and beside the sea. Not being a large place, I’m “out of town” which is never a bad thing!
While many places I head for to spend time outdoors such as Wales or the Peak District generate those feelings of homeliness, they are not the same as when I head to Cornwall.
I wonder if the other places I visit would feel the same if I actually moved and lived there. Would those feelings of homeliness change and go away? One day I may get the chance to find out.
Home though is Essex. I’ve been around a lot of it over the years and having grown up I struggle with the thought of moving away. So many special places with special memories. I’m sure if I ever got the chance to move I would and would soon adjust.
Moving doesn’t change or take away the memories. They will be with me forever.
So, where is home for you?