This past month I have been on vacation. During this time I had the opportunity to go back to Florida to visit my family. I won't deny that I was excited for this because I was. Everyone who had anything to do with me knew that I was going back. I had plans; I was excited. Naturally because I was going back to Florida people kept asking this one question. "Are you looking forward to going home?"
Home. For such a simple four letter word it sure carries a lot of weight. Home comings are such a big deal. Families wait at airports for their loved ones to come through the gate. They make the returnees favorite meals. People laugh, they cry; it's this huge emotional gauntlet for everyone. The world is overflowing with stories about "home". Entire legends revolve around heroes trying to come home. Tragedies where people lose their homes. Tear jerkers about finding a home. Adoptees looking for forever homes. All of humanity places a special emphasis on home but what is "Home"?
For myself; Home is where my heart is. I know...Such a cliche. I believe there to be a ring of truth to it though. "Are you excited to go home? Are you glad to be home? Are you sad to be leaving home again?" So many questions. The thing is I never went home because I never left home. Florida has my family. Texas has my friends. Korea has my livelihood. I've left pieces of my heart scattered in all of these places and more. No matter where I go it's always a homecoming for me. Was I excited to see my family? Naturally. Was I equally excited to come back to my own bed? Without a doubt. Am I planning on expanding my home in the future? You'd better believe it. I think that's the beauty of the idea of home; It can be whatever I choose it to be.
I want to know: Is this viewpoint unique to me or do others share my opinion about what a home is? Please feel free to comment your answers, I'd dearly love to know.
P.S. When I was in Florida quite a few people told me that they enjoyed reading my blog. This simultaneously shocked and flattered me. I'll do my best to keep up with it this year. If there is something that you want to know don't hesitate to ask. Most of the time I have no idea what to write about so please inspire me with questions.
My name is Arielle. (Not actually named after the mermaid, but a character from Thundar the Barbarian) I am an English teacher in South Korea.