Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | October 11, 2010

Home is Where You Park It

What a fitting slogan for those of us who live the mobile lifestyle!

These words of wisdom were scrawled along a bumper sticker I saw recently, and they got me to contemplating the meaning of “home”.

What constitutes the concept of “home?

Is it a place, or is it friends and family?

Is it something external, or do you find it within?

For Keith, until recently, Ottawa, KS was “home”. Born and raised there, and living all of his life within a 70 mile radius of the town, he was exposed to the comforts and challenges of small town life. He was surrounded by family, knew his way around, and where to find whatever he needed. Wherever he went, there were people he knew, and memories were associated with just about every place in town.

My story is different, as my family often moved, and I never associated “home” with a place. For me, home was where my family was located, as they were the only constant in my life. I always thought how wonderful it would be to have a house that you grew up in, and friends you had known since kindergarten. After I moved out of my parent’s house, I would say I was going “home” whenever I went to see them, even though they continued to move throughout their lives.

Now that Keith and I have joined forces, we are adjusting our concepts of “home”.

Although Ottawa, KS, will always be his home town, his home base is now our fifth wheel.

On an existential level, my “take” on home is that if you are comfortable within your own skin, and can find peace with yourself, you are “home”.

But on a more worldly level, home for me is still where you have the opportunity to spend time with the people you love – wherever they may be…and since this fifth wheel allows us to travel easily to the people we love, I am associating more with this fifth wheel as “home”.

Perhaps I have finally arrived 🙂

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