How do you define home? If you are like me, your home is a place where you can just be you. It’s a place to live with those you love. A place to laugh, cry, rest, recharge, enjoy, and simply be.
What Does Home Mean During COVID-19?
But, what about now? Since COVID-19? Has your home taken on new meaning? Unlike any other time in my own personal history, my home represents so much more. It has become so much more precious. Let’s just say it’s become a sanctuary from crazy. I’ll leave it at that and trust that you get it.
Frankly, I haven’t always thought my home was all that. Heck – raising three active kids in a small three bedroom was not without its challenges. My house is older, too. There always seems to be something that needs fixing. Oh, and don’t get me started on the things I would love to upgrade. But remember those three kids I mentioned? Suffice it to say that they came with private school tuition, college tuition, a whole lot of sports gear, birthday parties, graduations, and everything in between. Lots of things had to wait. I’m still waiting. But, “things” really aren’t my focus. Truly, things have never really been that big on my list. People, yes. Convenience and comfort, yes. But stuff, not so much.
Grateful for the Comfort of Home
More than ever, the comfort of home has proved invaluable. And by comfort, I just don’t mean physical comfort. I mean intangible comfort that is derived from the sense of peace, love and joy that my simple, but very significant, home offers. In a time of crazy, it offers something hard to describe, but deeply needed right now.
We’ve raised three kids in this home. Three kids who are now adults. Good adults. Successful adults. They still return to our home. Love our home. We welcomed a new granddaughter recently and now we get to share our home with her. I’m hoping that the memories we make with her will be ingrained in her memory and engraved on her heart.
Yes, I’m grateful for our home. Sure, it’s a bit too small, a bit too old, and a bit in need of upgrading. But, I’m still grateful. Why? Because of the memories created here and the consistency it provides. I love it because it is a constant in a world that is anything but.
Do You Find Yourself Appreciating Your Home More?
If so, I imagine it’s for similar reasons. After all, the peace, quiet, and safety our homes offer us now, is something we need more than ever.