Home Is The Pot of Gold At The End of The Rainbow

No matter how far away we may be from home, it is the closest thing in our thoughts.

Even a humble home can be a palace of love, safety, and understanding.
Even a humble home can be a palace of love, safety, and understanding. | Source

When you speak of "home" do you speak of just a building?

In one edition of a Webster's Dictionary of 1948, the second meaning of the word home is given as "One's abode after death; the grave."

Of course, to many Americans "home" can be a goal, such as "home plate" on a baseball diamond. It is also the proper position of a nail we drive "home," and there are other definitions for the word, but none so common as that dictionary's primary definition of "One's dwelling place; abode of one's family."

There may be a countless number of songs in all the languages of the world devoted to what "home" means to men, women, and children. Stephen Foster wrote an American ballad about a Kentucky Home which many sang about and dreamed of during America's civil war. Though the ballad was of a home in Kentucky, many sang the ballad thinking of their own homes in Illinois, New York, The Carolinas, New England, and elsewhere.

What is "home" to you? If your childhood home was not a pleasant one, "home" today may be where you are, or even a favorite place which is a "spiritual home" your heart is drawn to in your quiet moments and fondest memories.

Is there a real substitute for family, for grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters? Associations and friendships are important and can come close in many respects, but "family" and "home" as "the dwelling place of one's family" is something we long for, even in cases when we may wish it had been a happier and more peaceful place.

For those blest with a loving, secure, and happy home, there is a special thrill which comes when asked to list a "permanent home address" and that "home" is the one we can list.

There is an anticipation to going home, which for so many Americans is very special at this holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.

Migratory birds and fish have that same instinct and longing to return to their places of origin, sometimes, like humans, traveling over thousands of miles to accomplish their returns.

A longing for home, and for a good home, seems universal. It can and should be the real "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Perfect sentiments for this holiday week. The "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow." I love it! Thank you!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

btrbell: I am glad you found this "pot of gold". Certainly no significant money will come from it, but something just had to go with this beautiful photo I took this afternoon.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

It was a beauty!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I love your title. We turn houses into homes. Voted Up and shared.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago

Home is a natural reward you can always expect to have. Coming home is actually a great reward from the days' tight skeds, including having time to take a rest, being free from the worries of work sked and deadlines, getting more quality time for kids and wife for bonding, sharing more productive yet enjoying activities, and so on. These I look forward to coming home, inspiration to cultivate stronger relationships.


mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

Very well said and meaningful!

Marcia Ours


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

jpcmc : What a wonderful expression! "We turn houses into homes." That is something you need to copyright and sell to some corporation!

DON BALDERAS: Picturing people returning home, I omitted the everday homeward bounds. Indeed "Coming home is actually a great reward.," for all the reasons you listed and for more.

mours sshields: Your appreciation is appreciated.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have relinquished the concept of my home being the building where I reside. Home is my sanctuary, regardless of where I hang my hat. It is the place where I feel safe. I loved my former home in Hillsboro, MO. It was a beautiful, cedar "cabin" with a fireplace that took up a whole wall. But, when I was no longer happy there, I had to bid it adieu. I rarely think of it anymore. My city apartment now provides me with the privacy and safety of home. Though I was less adaptive in my youth, I feel free now by not attaching home to a structure.

I also have a best friend, 25 years in the making, that is my chosen sister. She and I are the best kind of "family". We seek each other out rather than being bound by birthright. I adore my birth family and am very involved in helping my elderly mother. It is a privilege, not an obligation. I am honored to be part of a family that I love.

Great Thanksgiving piece, Perspycacious, that puts importance and gratitude where it belongs...right along side love. BTW, your photograph is gorgeous, rainbow and water and all.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Demas, I have never heard this more well said. Awesome and up. Birds generally have more than one home, but not at the same time.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Amy Becherer: One of our family's favorite homes was a summer cottage in South Harpswell, Maine. It was described in one of my Hubs. It was what is best called "a home away from home." Our family has owned the same full-time "home" elsewhere in Maine for 63 years, and there are many happy memories connected with a good family life there. LDS families hold "Family Home Evening" usually on Monday nights, so that at least one night a week the whole family can plan to get together for a family evening. It is a good tradition. My Mom is still going strong at 104+ in her own home.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice: Right you are! And there are migratory humans, too. I have friends who spend summers in Ohio and winters in Florida, while one of my sons spends 10+ days a month along with his three sons here in Utah, and heads back to California for the other days of the month. Inspite of spending more days each month in California, this is home to him, and we love having them with us.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Nicely put, when all is said and done. There is no place like it!


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Supposedly, home is where the heart is. To me, it's where my wife is, regardless of the location. Without her, life is just an empty hotel room with a fridge. Thank goodness for I was blessed. Great hub to get one thinking!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Willow: Watching Ken Burns program on World War II, it was said, and rightly so, that the thing which kept our young men going in the worst of times was "the thought of home."


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rcrumple: Thanks, and thank your wife for making the world home, wherever the two of you are.


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rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

Very nice and warm when I think of home. A place where I feel safe and accepted. Interesting hub. God bless you!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rdsparrowriter: Feeling "safe and accepted" is a good goal for any place we find ourselves, and at home is that very special place for feeling that way. "Loved and respected" is another goal for an atmosphere at home. "Trusted and honored" can fit in there, also. Home means many things to us as individuals and families. Thanks for commenting.

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