What does home mean to you?

Some of you may or may not know that I sometimes write for The Leither Magazine. Here is the beginning from my latest pieceAt Home on Disappearing Islands. It’s my thoughts on living on Tarawa, a remote island in the middle of the Pacific. I lived there for five years. To read the full piece click on the link. I’d love to hear your thoughts and to know where, or what, home means to you?

When I was growing up rock band Mott The Hoople said ‘home’ was ‘where they wanna be’, for Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz there was no place like it, John Denver wanted to be taken there, Tom Jones longed for its ‘green green grass’ and Lynryd Skynyrd called it ‘sweet’. But I never got the big deal about it. Home was the same old same old, dull. I yearned for the beauty of being surrounded by the unfamiliar. I wanted the slap of the different in my face. I wanted  to shake up my senses. And so I travelled, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is how I ended up on the very remote South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati (see Leither Magazine issue 106). But, South Tarawa wasn’t like anywhere I’d ever been before. For the first time in my life I started to feel homesick …

tarawa beach

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9 Responses to What does home mean to you?

  1. Katie says:

    Hi Marianne.

    Great Article, beautifully written..

    I hope you’re well…

    Take care,

  2. Kendra says:

    Hi Marianne, I really enjoyed your article about home. It rang very true for me. While it’s a cliché, I do think home is where the heart is, and where you will always have a place. By ‘place’ I don’t necessarily mean a place to live, or even a job to do; but there will always be a way that you belong in that place, a way in which you are connected. Home may not always be the place a person grows up in. Or, in some cases, it may be more than one place. For instance, I grew up in California, but spent holidays in Colorado with my grandparents and now live in London. In some ways, all of these places are home to me. Thanks for the lovely reminder of what home means. Home is so central to who we are, and so easily neglected!

    • Thanks, Kendra. Lovely to hear your thoughts. I agree absolutely, “home” is central to who we are – the UN have done various studies which show that while it is right to help displaced people find a new physical place to call home, they also need help to address the unseen emotional toll of being made “homeless”. If these unseen issues are not addressed, people can suffer long term mental health problems. In other words, “home” is much more than bricks and mortar. 🙂

  3. Lorna says:

    …more please! How did you deal with feeling homesick for the first time in your life??

  4. What a fabulous post. I particularly liked this :

    I had my second epiphany: home is not so much about the place we’re from as knowing who we are inside. It’s about looking after our soul as much as a piece of soil. And travelling is not so much about being somewhere different as being willing to see our surroundings as others might do.

  5. Sorry I misspelled my own address so that the link didn’t work. Wasn’t still enough to pay attention to my typing

  6. Well hello Lady FF! Thank you for your kind comment – and so glad you enjoyed reading the article 🙂

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