Home: A Definition Essay
Author: K. LiCausi

Chapter 1
Home; A Definition Essay

Home

           

Consider the word home. Picture it: a white picket fence, a nice green lawn, a picturesque little house with four windows and a red door, a cute stone path from the fence to the doormat, a flower bed, a vegetable garden. It’s materialistically perfect and everyone wants it, it’s what everyone strives for – it’s probably one of the only things both the rich, poor, and indifferent can agree on. In fact, Merriam-Webster defines home as one's place of residence: domicile.

           

But is there nothing more to home? Is it really just four walls and few plants? Home is so much more than that. Home is family and friends and happiness and love. Home is everything, even if you have nothing.

           

In their song Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros define it in its entirety. “Ah, home / let me go home / Home is wherever I'm with you.” As illuminated in the song, home is intangible. You can’t see it or touch it, but you can feel it. You can feel it when you’re with people you care about and who care about you. You can feel it when you stand beside the ocean and in Manhattan. Home can be everywhere, for some it’s somewhere, but to no one is it nowhere. Home isn’t a specific place; it’s a montage of favorite places, favorite foods, favorite TV shows, favorite songs, favorite books, favorite people—it’s the sum of everything that makes you feel safe, maybe even infinite.

           

As Phillip Phillips states in his song Home, “Just know you’re not alone / 'Cause I’m going to make this place your home,” meaning you’re never alone once you’ve found your home. Home is a sense of belonging. Throughout the entire Harry Potter Series, Harry would say that Hogwarts was his home. Hogwarts was where he felt safe, where he felt he belonged. Hogwarts was where his friends were, his mentors, his enemies. Home is all of that and even more.

           

Home is one of those words that is both really easy and incredibly difficult to identify. Home is always open to new things; new people, new places, new food, new TV shows, new songs, new books, and just like people themselves, home can change entirely as well. Change is funny like that.

           

Home is like your most prized possession. It’s valuable, irreplaceable, irrefutable, and most of the time, it’s the only thing that’s completely you. Your home is who you are.

           

 A white picket fence, a nice green lawn, a picturesque little house with four windows and a red door, a cute stone path from the fence to the doormat, a flower bed, a vegetable garden. Home? Not even close.

 

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