"...there’s no place like home!"
~ Dorothy, Wizard of Oz
For me, home "the place", is my childhood home, specifically our backyard during a family BBQ. I can smell the hamburgers cooking, feel the sun on my nose, and imagine myself diving into our pool with my backyard neighbour and best friend.
When I think of home, the people, I see my husband and my daughter. For us, living abroad has truly made home about one another. I don't associated a physical place as our home.
This past weekend, I was out for a morning run in a small town in southern England. I ran past a woman walking her dog, waved and said good morning (a very Canadian running custom - that many I haven't seen much of in Europe). She smiled and I ran on. As I made my way back again, I passed her once more. This time she spoke first, "I hope you had a great run." I stopped dead in my tracks, smiled, and said "Thank you. I did. I hope you have a terrific day." We parted ways, both with a clear hop in our step.
That moment was home for me. I felt connected. There truly is no place like Canada, where we open our hearts and our lives to others. That isn't something I have seen in many places through my travels. She took me home.
She also gave me a new outlook on this concept of home, and how many different ways there are to access the feeling of home. When life is hard, home helps. It calms, nurtures and soothes.
I realized that there are so many ways I can get a dose of "home" without the physical thing, or my nearest and dearest.
So I wonder, how can we access that feeling of home when we need it? Perhaps it is a picture, a conversation, a brand of tea... How can you bring home with you everywhere you go? How can it help you show up as your best self during stressful or uncertain times?