As you read this I am winging my way back to the UK for the start of my 6 month stint as a repat. I'll have probably said a teary goodbye to Mr Tide in hot, sweaty Dar es Salaam airport and will be firmly ensconced in my aisle seat; trying to get some shut-eye or watching a bad film. Which is why you get the pleasure of V's company. She blogs at Life +1, a blog I was super-pleased to stumble across earlier this year. V has experience both as an expat and a repat, which makes her perfect to kick-start this series of guest posts about 'home'. Give her a warm welcome; she's lovely!!
Honky-tonk is alive and well.
Everyone knows someone who is working on a farm.
The steaks are real, and they don’t cost a fortune.
Spring and Fall are shorter than a pair of daisy dukes.
It’s normal to have a boy pick a girl up for a date with a shotgun in his truck.
That’s back where I come from in Missouri, USA.
Then a lot of , and I became an expat. I traveled to many countries. And then, I repatriated to a new city.
So where is home now?
We’ve all heard that old saying ‘Home is where the heart is’. While that may be true for some people, I don’t believe that ‘home’ is a perfectly defined term.
In fact, I don’t like the idea of ‘one size fits all’ for anything except maybe Michael Stars tee shirts which fit me quite nicely…
I leave piece of my heart in all the places I’ve called ‘home’. Missouri (USA), Kansas (USA), Frimley (UK), Atlanta (USA).
There are things I love about each of my ‘homes’. The culture and history of England. The wide open spaces and laid back rhythm of Missouri. The warm, sunny climate of Atlanta.
Today, home is a place where I feel loved and accepted for who I am. And that place is wherever E (my husband) and Little Man (my son) are. Oh yes, and of course this fur-bag, my German ‘Sheplet’, Chewie.
One of the things I love about blogging is the ability to make friends with people like Amy. Her current ‘home’ is on the . We have so much in common, yet half a world divides us.
Our home defines us and in the same way it also brings us together.
How do you define ‘home’ and where is your true home?
PS - Thanks for having me Amy! (Ed: You're very welcome, V!)
A little bit about me:
I’m a blog-writing, snap-happy, wifey, mommy and traveler. You can call me V. My blog, , chronicles the things I love in life, plus some random stuff like giraffes drinking water and meeting celebrities in odd places. Stop by and say hi sometime. I’d love to have you along for the journey.