Lylah

Grade 5

Cambridge
Ontario

The Meaning of Home

“A house is made out of bricks and beams, a home is made out of hopes and dreams”
RALPH WALDO EMERSON

For me, the home goes far beyond simply your “house”. House refers to the roof over your head, meaning it can be reduced to essentially nothing or an immense, empty, drafty building you believe home. But “home” is somewhere close to your heart, somewhere you feel comfortable and safe.

Everyone has a true home, whether it is your house or a friend’s house, school or rink. It is personal and secure and means more to you than anything. It can be kept to yourself, or something you open up to family and friends. It can be hundreds of kilometres away, or right in your backyard. Wherever it is, it is a place you feel truly connected and leaving it may be the hardest thing you do. Malala Yousafzai once said, “If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home”.And it is very true. Home is so psychologically and physically connected to you, you know you have a true home when your entire being relies on it. Home always has a place in your heart. As Dorothy would say,” There’s no place like home”

“I believe that if we are to create peace in the world, we must first create peace in the home”
-Richard O’Keefe