Where you hang your hat

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I was on my deck lazing in the warm, summer sun when the thud of a car door drew me out of my near catatonic state. My eyes wandered to the source of the sound. It was my next door neighbor and he was just coming home from work. I watched as he gathered his things from the car. He shut the car door, glanced over at me and shouted a quick hello. He then journeyed up his driveway towards the comforts of his home. I knew that his wife and small son were eagerly waiting for him because I could hear his little boy shout that dad was home. As my neighbor neared the top of his driveway his steps became quicker as if he couldn't wait to get inside. That got me thinking about the concept of home. What an amazing thing it is, really. It's a refuge from the storm. A security blanket. A place where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Home.....what a delicious word. For me it evokes many different images. When the weather is warm my mind's eye sees a house with a beautiful yard that's filled with flowers. The windows are open and the curtains rise and fall in the summer breeze. Inside, the rooms are filled with sunshine and laughter and people who love one another. The patio or deck is fully equipped with everything you need for an amazing barbeque or a night spent around a deck fireplace. A place where you can relax on a lounger and read a great book or just soak up the warmth of the sun. A place where friends gather on a warm summer night for a dinner el fresco by torch light and twinkle lights stretched across tree branches, shining like tiny fireflies.

When fall arrives I imagine a home with mums and bright orange jack o lanterns that light the walkway to the door. The inside is filled with warm lamp light and the aromas of baked apple pie. The skies are gray and the wind stirs the leaves up in tiny whirlwinds. Fire wood is stacked and ready to lend itself. whether it's for the outdoor fire pit or the inside fire place. Either way, it offers comfort, warmth and light. Home enables you to gather your nuts for the upcoming winter.

When the winter winds blow and mother nature covers the homestead with a blanket of pure white snow I picture a home with smoke swirling out of the chimney and into the night sky, spiraling up to mingle with the stars. The warm glow from the windows tells of a lit fireplace that casts oranges, yellows and reds onto anything that's near it. Stockinged or slippered feet pad across the floors. People snuggle up on chairs or couches and watch movies or read books or simply have conversation. The house smells of hot soups or stews and fresh baked breads and all is good on these silent nights. Home offers protection from the elements, comfort and joy.

Home evokes different images for everyone, but I think that the main theme is that home is your safety net. It's a place where you can go and be yourself. It's a place that offers comfort and security. It's a place where you can sit in your favorite chair and rub your feet together and curl your toes...home is a sense of relief.

It doesn't stop at your own home either. Even though you've moved on and created a life of your own,no matter how far away it is, when you visit family you go "home" as well. A home from your past that still remains the same and welcomes you back with open arms time and time again. Home is moms, dads, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, neices, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Home for the holidays. Home from college. Home for a special occasion. Ahhhh, home.

Home is always there for you. When you go on vacation it welcomes you home. When you come home from work, it invites you to sit and rest. Home welcomes your guests and is always on its best behavior. It does not disappoint....ever.

Home. It truly is where your heart is. And there's nothing better in the world than "coming home".


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

You are so right. Home is wear you hang your hat. I think military wives know that the best. Love this hub. Voted uP!


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

I have tried to make my adult home just as you have described.

We had foster children for several years and I tried to make our home very special so they would always remember being here. Now that I have lost both my siblings, I try to make my home special for my niece and nephew when they visit. Nice hub! I voted up.


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

moonlake and mvillecat, thanks for your comments and I'm glad you both have the same sentiments =)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

You paint a beautiful image of home, moonfairy! Well done. Voted up and more.


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

thank you TToombso8, I appreciate your feedback!!


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So, so glad i stopped by! This was a great hub! It couldn't have been said better! Voted up and awesome!


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

btrbell, thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I'm glad you stopped by too =)


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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

You have my vote up across the board. This is very well written. You caught my attention and kept me interested. HOME......ahhhhh

Thanks for the share, be well


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

loveofnight, thanks so very much!!!


dreamseeker2 4 years ago

I love your projected image of home, through your words and the photos you have shared. Beautifully written and done. : ) Thanks for sharing it with us, so we could all appreciate 'home'.


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

thanks for your kind comment dreamseeker2, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it =)


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MamaDia22 4 years ago

Sometimes when I don't know where I'm suppose to be..I remember 'home is where the heart is'. And follow my heart. You just reminded me!


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

MamaDia22....awwwww. that was so sweet. thanks so very much =)


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Life takes us to unexpected places...love brings us home. And, there's no place like home. I enjoyed reading your hub moonfairy and as in the other one, this is worth sharing and I will definitely do.

Voted up ad beautiful.


Garifalia 4 years ago

I LOVE the concept, LOVE the picture (s), LOVE your way of expression, LOVE the coziness this article evokes, absolutely AGREE with all of it. Well done! BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE.......

I often think of the homeless and it makes me so grateful to have a home.


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crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

Beautiful hub, Yes home is our heaven, love your pictures.. thanks for writing such a thought evoking hub moonfairy..


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

CrisSp

Garifalia

crystaleyes

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful comments.....you've all made my day !


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Delightful Hub to read, loved all your thoughts, Moonfairy. Home is where the Heart is. Its a dwelling, its our Womb, our little piece of Heaven.

I now look forward to Following your Hubs.


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

b.Malin...thanks very much for you wonderful comment..I appreciate it!


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Brian Prickril 2 years ago from Savannah, GA

Home, to me, can be almost anyplace that I've dwelled in for a long enough period of time. There's a magical imprint of energies and memories that make it that "safety net" as you say. Amen to that!


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moonfairy 2 years ago Author

Brian, thanks so much for reading and for your comment, I so appreciate it!

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