“Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve; it is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind … cast-off and everyday clothing.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
Last fall, I wrote a post on my Positive Kismet blog about My Dream Home, it had all the razzmatazz one could imagine, featured some truly spectacular properties, and I had fun writing it. We know that if we gathered a group of friends to chat about their dream homes, lots of wonderful things would pop up especially around space, location, design, and such. But, this time around, I chose a different route… Why? Because ‘home’ is more than the physical location we often imagine. It extends beyond that to spaces that evoke the sense of being home…
For this Daily Post prompt, Describe Your Dream Home, I decided to try a different approach and imagine things that capture our memories of home. We can step away from the usual physical items that come to mind and imagine things that really matter to us in a dream home; perhaps the obvious things we all crave in life and desire to have often in our homes; love, joy, laughter and such. You know, the things that build the energy and interior memory of a great home… the things that help us gain a new perspective on the subject.
“There is a magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits” Robert Southey
As I thought about this prompt, the famous song above, A House is Not A Home, came to mind and took me back to fun days in the 1980s when life was full of adventure and we came home full of stories and expectations. My soulful friend Luther Vandross used to sing, “A house is not a home when there’s no one there to hold you tight and no one there you can kiss goodnight…” Sure, a home without people and love is not quite a home. Even if we are single or widowed, our friends/family can bring us cheer, and there are things all of us can look for/aim for in our dream homes … Luther adds some of those to the song too and, for your karaoke pleasures, I added the lyrics to the song below… Hey, music, love and joy begin with us! Below are my Ten Things A Dream Home Must Have; my list of ten must haves…
♥The sound of laughter ringing through its walls; where dreams and dreads are equally shared and heard
♥Love embracing one and all; where hugs, happy moments, and loving admonishments are given freely
♥Food to heal and satisfy all hunger; where food joyfully prepared for the soul includes body, mind and spirit
♥A place to rest and rejuvenate; where rest is sweet and sleep is deep
♥Friends and family to chat with and celebrate; where music, dance, art and play join hands with pleasant memories
Do share some of yours. What would you add? More below.