Shelter That You Take With You.

Post by Carina Spring.

Recently, my eldest brother scanned big boxes full of old family pictures and shared the files with us.  It was a labour of love for him, taking hours and hours of work.  I was so grateful he’d done it, as those pictures are part of our family history.  It was amazing to see all of these captured moments in places that have represented home not only to us, but also to some of our ancestors. And what really struck me was how much it is the people and the love that make home; the rich, shifting tapestry of relationships that accompany us through life.

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map.  It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together.  Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”

Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye?

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Carina Spring

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10 thoughts on “Shelter That You Take With You.”

  1. Along the lines of a home, my parents had in our house a plaque with a saying that I’ve never forgotten….”We do not remember the days, we remember the moments.”

    1. What a beautiful saying! It touches on a deep truth. Thanks for sharing it – I had never heard it before, and I will remember it. So glad you could stop by – Take care! 🙂

  2. Spot on.

    Home is a state of mind. I feel home when I hear the birds sing around me.

    Or when I see a child playing or when I watch a beautiful landscape.

    Home is when you do not want to be somewhere else. When you just can be.

    Thanks for the post.

  3. Outing myself as the “elder brother” here, I think I actually remember when that photo was taken. Scanning these slides, and being the first person to see them in decades, was a very strange sensation. And seeing these images, they triggered so many memories that I had forgotten. For example, I had completely forgotten about the merry-go-round in the picture above. You were quite little, but I don’t know if you remember the fun we had on that thing! I would get it spinning so fast with the three of us, that it would start to wobble. Mom and dad had to put a counter-weight on the empty third seat!

    1. Surprisingly, I do have some vague memories about those times! (In some cases, they are more like glimpses, or a feeling of familiar recognition). The pictures certainly reminded me of things I’d also forgotten about. It was interesting to look through those pictures – to see some old pictures that I hadn’t seen in years, and also to see some pictures that I’d never seen before! Thanks for the comment, AncientMariner!

  4. So true. Home can be wherever you make it and also the houses – or whatever we live in – are not homes unless the occupants make them so. There’s a saying that a home without a dog is just a house, I wouldn’t go as far as saying you have to have a dog to make a home, but for me they certainly make a home more of a home.

    1. Good point that, for many people (me as well!), animal friends are included in the tapestry of rewarding relationships that can help a home feel more like “home”. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

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