No Place Like Home


Recently, for Family and Friends Day, a family member invited me to the church which provided the beginning of my spiritual journey. I consider this church a place where my spiritual roots were first planted. Soon after walking into the church, the fans, Sunday school programs, scripture cards, pews, deacons, deaconess, and choir brought back familiar memories from my past.

It seemed like yesterday, although actually it’s over 40 years since my sisters and I were little girls attending Sunday school or Summer Bible school in this very same church.


So, now, how could I sense a good vibe or aura simply by being in this place? I asked myself.  The answer was clear. I was home. There is no place like home.

It does not matter how long its been or how many times you return. You are returning to memories of a place which is special. It’s the place you consider home.

Not everyone share a fond memory of home. Some do not have a physical place to call home. But, what some fail to realize, home is more than a physical place. Home is a state of being. It’s the place where you feel whole.

Home quotes and sayings



The charming hideaway — oasis of serenity is a

tiny crafted wooden structure tucked away neatly 

in the woods standing with four erected walls.

It’s glass paneled windows and doors

opened to embrace nature’s warmth

are charmingly reminders

home still remains

anywhere the



` Yvonne L


Home is a safe place where individuals retreat. In society, it does not matter the socio-economic or cultural background, regardless of age, sex, or creed, individuals desire a safe place from the cares of life.  Many find home represents a happy place of warmth. Home depicts a place where dreams and visions come alive- where family shares traditions.

The noted author, and poet, Maya Angelou is known for her infamous literary works. She was a woman of wisdom.  According to poet Angelou, “you can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.” When individuals journey to the place they call home, it is not the journey, nor the destination, it is the connection to the memories of the past, present, future. Home is an experience. It is the observance of rituals, traditions, shared family values, and familiarity.

While working on a college essay, I became interested in the literary works of Joan Didion. In On Going Home a short story by the author, Joan Didion shares her feelings of returning to her birthplace to celebrate her daughter’s birthday.  Currently sharing a home with her husband and daughter in another state, Didion calls her native place of birth home because this is where she hold her fondest memories.

Throughout the story, Didion shares memories of conversations with family members. Some of the conversations were spent mostly at the family dinner table. It is interesting to see the writer’s openness about details most would consider private family secrets.

In the story, it is surprising to see the author’s willingness to share details of her family’s shortcomings since many families are not as candid.  Didion reveals the conversations about family members they knew either in mental hospitals, on drugs, or dealing with drunk-driving charges.  Also, she is forthcoming when revealing her brother’s disconnect to her husband.

Didion points out her husband does not relate to her upbringing, although he likes her family. She describes her husband as feeling comfortable mostly at home with her. He enjoys their way of living they are accustom.

In the disclosure of her true feelings, Didion demonstrates the familiarity of an environment is what makes an individual feel at home. It was obvious Didion and her husband’s upbringings and perspectives were worlds apart.

The theme in this story is home is in the heart. After reading Didion’s story, apparently her heart was in one place considered home while her while her husband’s heart was another.

The truth is- home is a place one feels comfortable and connected. It’s apparent home is not always a tangible place, or a place of lavish extravagance but a place of love, security, and comfort. The relevance of this truth is evident when some find themselves in a physical home where abuse and violence occurs.