I've had the privilege of living in many homes. As I try to remember them, I also try to figure out what they have in common. Here is the list of homes I remember.
- As a toddler in a suburban home where we walked to the park, post office, and doctor's office
- As a youngster on a small family farm where our schoolmates gathered because our yard was huge for sports and we had a pond for swimming
- As a teenager in a South Florida city on a cul-de-sac where coconuts grew in our yard
- As a high school senior in a walking suburb where I lived so close to my school that our home was often a meeting spot
- As a young college kid living in a dormitory at a commuter university, surrounded by international students as well as kids who just had to get out
- As a close to graduation college kid flexing the wings of independence in my first apartment, a basement level flat with ground level casement windows to greet walking by friends
- As a young college grad ready to get married, in an upscale suburban apartment community
- As a newlywed investing in our first home in the city with walk-ability, classic charm, convenience and affordability
- As a young parent, expecting our second child, chasing the suburban dream, moving to a planned community in the suburbs complete with golf, pool, and tennis
- As a relocated family, realizing that our planned community had a cost that didn't match the benefits, moving back to a suburban home sans planning
So when I consider, "what does home mean to me?" My answer is simple. Home is where I find comfort, security, and love.
What does HOME mean to you?