A Container for Art and Memories
I find home to be an intriguing place. It can be so loaded with memory and meaning ... whether for good or for bad. And what makes a home anyway? It's not just because you live in it; something else transforms it and gives it that special honour.
I just read an essay the other day that you might find interesting for how the writer evokes a sense of home. Have you ever read Ted Kooser's essay, "Small Rooms in Time"?
Douglas Glover, a writing professor, has annotated a copy of it (http://numerocinqmagazine.com/front-page/special-features/for-writing-students/the-numero-cinq-literary-craft-book/) - just scroll down to the section entitled "The Tao of Reading". I found his notes rather interesting.
Thanks for another great place post.
I've posted a photograph of the Victorian washstand on Instagram if you want to take a look...
Yes, my connection to my home is very deep - I was born and raised here and it's where I raised my children. I still live here - and I'm planning on leaving feet first. It's a spiritual connection that has evolved over time, but began as far back as I remember. My identity is this place, and my impressions of having lived here will be forever in the ether, along with all the others who have called this farm home. I write about it in my WIP and in my blog, but I also write about other places as well, my reactions to them and the ties that I am developing to those locations. It's all deliciously evolving, all the time. It's a wonderful ride!
Thank you for a thought provoking post on the important subject of home and belonging!
I really appreciate "going places" in this post (in spite of lockdown discussion!). Also loved the questions at the end: thinking about what pieces make me feel "at home" and also all the many many (too many??) places I have lived. I'm thinking of a photo I have of caribou crossing a river that makes me feel at home, and a few of my books. But also my coffee mugs? I don't know exactly - perhaps a our giant ceramic owl lamp that adorns every living room where we light. Rich topic! Thanks for the meditation on art and home, two of my very favorite subjects.
Thank you so much for your support and kind words, Yasmin. Best of luck to you, too!