I have never “settled down.” We have been nomads our entire lives, living in many houses, in various neighborhoods, and in numerous states. My husband lived in many countries as well. When the photo challenge for this week was “home,” I wasn’t sure how to photograph that concept. Do I photograph a house? a place? what? What is “home” to me. As I perused my photos to get ideas I came across this photo of our Chanukia fully lit on the last night of Chanukah last year. It occurred to me that home to us is more about who we are than it is about where we live. Our rituals and customs are our connections to family and community where ever we live at any given time. A house is a house is a house. I’ve learned to “love ’em and leave ’em.” Home is our heart, our beliefs, our family, our groundedness. Rituals connect us to our ancestral values. Home is a spiritual place and experience for us. Home is where the heart is.
On the other hand, this little critter’s home is very much tied to a physical environment.
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Excellent post and photo… You are right that home is more than the four walls… The lights are so inviting and that critter in it’s home was divine! Thanks for stopping by,
Thanks, Elizabeth. Have a wonderful day.
A few years ago my husband and I spent eighteen months traveling. We spent a semester in California, a semester in South Korea, and a semester in Evanston,IL. We’d say “Let’s go home,” referring to wherever we were staying. We decided that home is wherever the two of us are together.
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I have to agree with you on that! Thanks for stopping by.
I really loved those lights and the aviance. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
That’s a very nice chanukia. Ours isn’t nearly as pretty, but we can always upgrade it later 🙂
Thanks CG! Won’t be too much longer and we’ll have them out again. 🙂 Chanuka is such a beautiful holiday. 🙂
I like the candles, but I’m not a big fan of sufganiot.
Sufganiot are not our favorites, either, but the kids seem to love them. I do like potato latkes and applesauce, however. But all that grease . . . We usually reserve the greasy foods for when we are in someone else’s home, usually once or twice during Chanukah. Left to our own devices, we opt for healthy!