People often say home is where the heart is, and personally, I believe this to be true. The technical definition of home is “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household” but I believe a home can be so much more than that. To me, a home is a place where you should feel safe and accepted, a place you can go to at the end of the day and trust to always be stable and comfortable.
Home can be anywhere, but at times it’s seen as where one’s close family resides. For example, In the book “Black Boy” by Richard Wright, the main character and author, Richard, moves homes many times and is forced to live with other relatives. All the while, he wishes to be as close to his mother as possible. For instance, when his mother suffers a stroke, she is unable to take care of him so he has to move in with a more distant family member. He chooses to live with his Uncle Clark since he’s the closest to what he refers to as his home, or with his mother. While on the way to Uncle Clark’s, Richard thinks to himself “I had always felt a certain warmth with my mother, even when we had lived in squalor; but I felt none here. Perhaps I was too apprehensive to feel any.” (Wright 89) This shows that despite moving again, Richard did not feel as if he would be truly at home without his mother, a source of love and trust in his life.
Sometimes, you even have to look inside yourself to help find what feels like home. A person can easily get lost in life and be unable to find their way back to a place of comfort, or their home. The song “Never Gonna Let You Down” by Colbie Caillat describes this perfectly, a portion of the song saying “If your heart’s been broke; And you feel like you’re all alone; If you need something to believe in; If you’re looking for a light to guide you home; Just look inside; You’re a light shining brighter than you know” Not only does this show that a person can find strength within themselves, but it also implies that finding your way home means to find stability and comfort. The song shows that emerging from a troublesome situation allows you to find your way home, or back to a place of stability and comfort.
Comfort is often provided by the people we surround ourselves with, family, friends, and even a significant other. The song “Home” by Phillip Phillips talks about this, one of its verses saying “The trouble it might drag you down; If you get lost you can always be found; Just know you’re not alone; Cause I’m gonna make this place your home” This describes how through troubles, familiarity can be found in another person. Being in a new place can be stressful, but having one person you trust to always be there for you can make it feel like a home.
So yes, home is where the heart is. Whether that be with friends, family, a significant other, or elsewhere. While the word home’s meaning still remains as a place of shelter, it can mean so much more if looked into. As said by Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Where we love is our home- home that our feet may leave but not our hearts.” Meaning, people love to have a place of comfort, something or someone to always come back to during hard times that makes them feel secure.