500 Words On Home
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

500 Words On Home

It's where the heart is.

32
500 Words On Home
www.ispwp.com

Throughout my life, I have adopted many things: A culture, a family, a home. As young children, my sister and I were adopted from Romania by parents from the same culture. Growing up in the U.S in a Romanian household, there were times when I wanted to completely rid myself of one culture in order to fully embrace the other. I did not feel completely at home in my suburban community, where everyone around me seemed to be the same. Yet when I visited Romania, speaking a broken version of the language with an unplaceable accent, I was a foreigner. Throughout the years, I have reached a kind of "identity equilibrium," where I have embraced the cultures of my childhood. I have noticed that as time passes and the seasons progress, I am more at home in my adoptive country.

A home is more than just a place to live. It is the ground upon which our heart has taken root, where the air has its own familiar scent, and where the community sparks within us a warm feeling of belonging. Home is an identity. However, for many people in the world today, home is a memory.

Recently, I met with two friends from a nearby college who inspired me to write this article about the meaning of home. Though born in the U.S, both grew up in neighboring countries in the Middle East: Syria and Lebanon. Last year, one of their families moved from Lebanon (where they had fled from Syria) to the US, to the town where my friend now goes to school. When I asked him whether he feels more at home in the US, now that his family is with him, he answered, "No." For him, Syria will always be home. When I asked the same question to my other friend - from Lebanon - he said with a humorous twinkle in his eye, "the airplane is my home." We all laughed, not because the joke was funny, but because, in our own ways, we could relate to this statement.

The trauma of displacement cuts a deep wound. I cannot imagine what it would be like to flee my country (due to violence, war, or civil unrest), to become a refugee crossing international borders and seeking safety in an unfamiliar place. My mother had this experience in 1989 during the Autumn of Nations, when Romania was on the brink of violently overthrowing its communist regime. And, in college, I have met people, like my two friends from the Middle East, who have experienced displacement in the present-day.

After our discussion, my friends went back to their campus and I was left contemplating an interesting question: In a day and age when the world seems to continually grow smaller, as people migrate to different places for work, school, or even out of necessity, will international borders continue to be a defining factor in our idea of home? I think this is an important question, which has no right or wrong answer. To me, home is more than a country or a nationality because, as they say, "Home is where the heart is." When I find something or someone to love in a certain place, that is where I have found my home.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review

Solid animation can't raise the newest entry in Sony's colorful monster series beyond the basics

27172
'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review
Photo Credit: Amazon Prime Video – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6suJohjIvfo

I take a slight issue with the idea that Adam Sandler didn’t have a good dramatic role until ‘Uncut Gems,’ what about ‘Hotel Transylvania’ (he says semi-seriously)?’

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

Are some people just not meant to be together? Is there any way to prevent an impending divorce?

65968
4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

We've all heard the statistics. Roughly 50% of married couples eventually end up divorced. This can lead to complications, problems with your children, financial issues, and no small amount of negative emotions.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

​Pets are Good for the Soul

Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

68028
Good for the Soul
Pets are Good for the Soul

America is going through a mental health crisis. This crisis predates the global pandemic, but has in many ways been dramatically exacerbated by it. In 2019, 19.86% of adults, or 50 million Americans, reported suffering from a mental illness. The emotional toll of the pandemic has been heavy, with over half of U.S. adults saying that they have experienced stress and worry related to Covid-19. Anxieties over work, uncertainty about the future and other triggers have intensified the mental health crisis. Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How Your Sleep Position Affects Your Health?

You changed into your pajamas, turn off the lights, and get yourself ready to sleep. How do you prefer to sleep, on the back, on your side, or on your tummy? Although there’s no scientific result that sleeping position affects your back, here are some interesting facts that have been discovered.

176601
Sleep Position

You changed into your pajamas, turn off the lights, and get yourself ready to sleep. How do you prefer to sleep, on the back, on your side, or on your tummy? Although there’s no scientific result that sleeping position affects your back, here are some interesting facts that have been discovered.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How to Throw the Ultimate Winter Bash

As the year starts to come to an end, make sure you find the time to have some fun as well.

122036
Ultimate Winter Bash

As the year starts to come to an end, make sure you find the time to have some fun as well.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments