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Home-Something Everyone Should Have
Home – Something everybody should have – Livia Mamane
“Coming home is one of the most beautiful things”- Andre Rieu
But what if people can’t come home? What if people can’t experience such a beautiful thing?
Did you know that 150 million people in this world are homeless? Do you know that people are dying because they don’t have an inadequate shelter?
Home is so much more than a place. It’s something that we feel inside us. Comfort, protection, love. There are things that a house needs to have to become a home.
For instance, you could have the biggest mansion in the world, yet your family doesn’t talk to each other, you don’t feel safe, or simply, there is no love. Yet someone could have a tiny cottage yet everybody is cheery, and laughing, and there is a ton of love.
It’s almost as if there is an invisible heart floating on top of the house and when there is more love, it is beating faster, and when there is less, it looks dull. In other words, you could almost see the love, despite the fact that it is a feeling not something that you can literally see, such as home. A home does not need to be a big house or super fancy, only the love inside of it has to be big. “Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
What makes up a home could be different to people. For example, to someone it could be a certain food that brings them memories of their home. Or maybe a certain couch in their den that has had a lot of important things and memories happen on it. For me, home is my loving and encouraging family. For me, I can’t imagine my home without my family. It’s the people that are with us that make a home so special and what it means to me. And my biggest dream is to share that with all homeless people around the world.
Why is home so important to us, then? Because for better or worse, by presence or absence, it is an important point of reference -meaning that it is crucial to have a home in our backstories- in memory, feeling, and imagination- for inventing the story of ourselves, our life, for understanding our place in time. But it is also an essential link through which we connect with others and with the world and the universe at large.
I looked in the dictionary the definitions of home, and house. Here is the results:
House: “a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people.”
Home: “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.”
As seen in the definitions, you need to be a member of a family to have a home. However, a house is just a building in which you live in.
Home is support and encouragement, a place where everybody helps you with any problems you have and is willing to help. Home is where memories are made. Home is an important part of our backstory. Home is not necessarily the place you were born or the place where you spent any particular part of your life. Home is where you made your favorite moments; where you felt the most comfort and peace. And maybe this essay will help someone who doesn’t have a home be able to experience home.
I would like to conclude this essay with a quote that my mother told me: “A house is made of bricks and stone, a home is made of love alone.”