The question is often asked, "what makes a house a home?" I suppose if you have ever lived in a home, then you already know the answer to this question. If you only lived in houses, however, then you may want to read this and my guess is that you will be seeking a home in the very near future.
Many would qualify the house where they grew up as a home, but this is not necessarily the case or at least not all the time. Even if you had wonderful parents and a better than average childhood, it is not an automatic that you grew up in a home.
Still others believe that the first place you live in with your new spouse is a home, but again, this is not a given.
My parents recently moved out of the home that they have been living in for some 27 years. They were fortunate and were able to get it sold to a very nice family who has since moved in to the more than 100-year-old structure.
While I did not grow up in this home, nor did I ever live there, I can tell you that it was as much a home as any house that I have ever lived in and I have lived in many different places.
There are several key ingredients to making a house a home and this place had them all. Despite it's age or perhaps because of it, this home is beautiful and well kept. It is spacious, yet cozy. It is intricate, yet simple. It is comfortable and stylish at the same time. People would come in and say how lovely it looked, but were still at ease enough to be able to come in and sit down for a cup of coffee and some visiting. The most important ingredient that made this home so wonderful was that love dwelled there.
I'm speaking of the kind of love that has kept a couple together for just short of 50 years and counting. The kind of love that has brought the kids, their spouses, the grandkids and now a great grandchild coming back time and time again, knowing that they are not only welcomed, but invited. The love of a family.
The new family that has just moved in will undoubtedly make their own mark on this home including redecorating, painting, and possibly even renovations. A house is made up of glass windows and wooden doors, pipes for water and carpeted floors. A home is where love dreams abound, surrounded by family members and friends, and it sets firmly in the ground. So no matter what changes are or are not made, this home will remain a home while occupied by a family full of love.
No matter where you live or what the place looks like, if love can be found there, then you abide in a home and for that, you should be thankful.
Home, sweet home.