More Than Just A Place
It takes some people a long time to get there and others no time at all. It is a place where a person should feel relaxed and comfortable, in harmony with their environment. It is a place of refuge and its doors should always be open. It can be where you go to after a long day of work or what you land on to win the game for your team. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as “one’s place of residence, the social unit formed by a family living together, or a goal to be achieved” (356). This wonderful, yet sometimes hard to find, place is called home.
In middle English it was the ‘hom’, in Old English it was ‘ham’, and in Old High German it was called the ‘heim’ (Merriam Webster, 356). The concept of home has never changed throughout history, it has been an intricate part of human life. Cavemen may not have known what to call it, but they sure knew what it was. The home is a place of residence, where one lives. We seek shelter from the storm there, whether it is the weather or just one of life’s little snags. This comfort zone also provides us a place to put our heads at night, safe from the evils of society. A child’s math homework is finished on the kitchen table, while his little brother learns to walk on the hard wood floors. In this magical place our worries disappear and we can relax. Coming home from a bad day at work, a woman puts her key in the door and walks inside. Upon setting her briefcase on the rustic kitchen table and picking up the remote to watch her favorite sitcom, her troubles leave her. She becomes involved with the comical story of Jerry Sienfeld, and not with her boss’s booming voice telling her how she filed his documents in the wrong place. She feels safe and comfortable.
We have our mail delivered to this place, and everything else we order. People know us sometimes by where we live or where our home is. For example, if a person was to have a large, extravagant home in a very nice neighborhood and we knew nothing else, except their house, we would probable assume these people had a lot of money. We make our homes like ourselves, they are very different, from the artwork to the architecture, they say a lot about our personalities. When you walk into someone’s home, a lot comes out. Not being able to find any dust on the counter tops may lead one to believe that this person likes to clean or that they have a weekly maid come in and straighten things. Finding a recycling bin in the garage, it is obvious that theses people are conscientious of the environment. These are only a few examples of how our personalities are brought out in our...