What do you consider as your home? This could be a big question if you really think about it especially if you have lived in several different locations.
Your birthplace is a place you always call home, South Carolina is where my life began at the old Easley Baptist Hospital so today I still consider Easley, South Carolina as my Hometown, I moved to New Mexico before I was twenty and again moved to Texas where my first son was born when I was twenty three so Texas being my oldest sons hometown was my home for a while, I moved back to New Mexico and lived there for nearly thirty years, so New Mexico has been a big part of my life, three of our children were born in New Mexico and their home state was my home for quite a while, California is where our daughter was born and where she lives today and as most of you know for the last couple of years California has been home for me.
New Mexico is where Cindy and I began our lives together and even though the town we lived was never my favorite and I always wanted to move away we did have a good life there and still have good friends that will always be in our hearts living there so it will always be Home, California is where I told Cindy several years back was a place that I would never live, we actually came out and looked at California (Cindy’s home state) with the intention of possibly moving here back then, ending up making the decision to never live here, my plans were to move back “Home” and live in South Carolina after my retirement. Have you ever heard the statement “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him what Your plans are” well God had a good laugh at my plans and now I am following His.
Now with all of my moving around over the years can you see this vacation scenario, We load up early one morning and leave our home in California for a trip “Back Home” we pass our home in New Mexico and decide to stop off for a couple days to catch up with our dear friends and talk about home, leaving our old home in New Mexico we pass through my old home state of Texas and arrive home in South Carolina the following day, we visit my Home town and pass by the old hospital I was born at and laugh because the new name although different still rings with the sound of the old one from back in the day. After a couple weeks we begin to get homesick and load the van with our away from home luggage and tears well up in my eyes knowing I am again leaving my home.
"Papa was a rolling stone, wherever he laid his hat was his home", these song lyrics say a bit about this post, wherever you hang your hat is home whether you are living in the same place you were born or all the way across the country remembering how it was back home when you were there. "Home is where your heart is" I have heard this all my life also, so with this said does this mean that all of your good memories of places you have been make those places home? Or does it mean that your happiness and comfort in where you are right now makes you at home now, or does it mean that your discomfort in where you are makes you homesick for your hometown a place you want to call home again?
For me I will always call South Carolina home but I know in my heart that these other places I have lived mean as much as my birthplace because they were a big part in shaping who I am today, Home is where you are whether you want to be there or not, I lived for nearly thirty years saying "I Hate This Place" and wishing to be anywhere else, but it was home as long as I was there, fretting about where you are and wishing to be somewhere else changes nothing but how happy you are at the time, if you are somewhere like this look around and try to find something that will make you smile because in the long run this place is home and will always be part of your life, and also there is something nice wherever you are, you just have to look around sometimes to see it.
Home is where I am right now and if I live out my life right here I will be home, also if I move anywhere else I will be home because that is where God has led me to go and live, Cindy is a big part of my life as you all know, and as long as we are together no matter where we are living I will proudly call that place Home.