where is home when you are always on the move?

home on the road

Home.

 

Its a curious word, morphing with time and my understanding of it’s variant definitions.

Home is the center point

For many years my definition of home included our house, city and state. It was the constant place amid our family movement. Go to church, come home. Run errands, return home. Go on vacation, go home.

Home was the center hub in our ever-turning wheel. Predictable. Strong. Steady.

home on the road

Home was the place to freely loose any baggage that may have been picked up from the day. Inside our walls we breathed a familiar rhythm and created our own comfortable sub-culture.

VS. Home is the anchor point

Since we’ve been on the road traveling full-time in our RV, my definition of home really hasn’t changed much. It’s smaller, yes, and I now often have to use my GPS to return to it at the end of the day. However, it’s function is the same. It’s our safe haven, the place where we store our reset buttons.

In the last year home has been boiled down and condensed. What was once large and encompassing is now concentrated and focused. The definition including house, city and state has been abbreviated to simply our small moving house. For now the city and state are negotiable extras. The constants are the six of us together.

home on the road

Now instead of being the center hub in a single wheel, our home functions more like the anchor point in a spirograph design. Everything around us changes and our house is also on the move, but the core of our family and the rhythm’s that make us, us, remain. Constant. Strong. Steady.

It don’t matter where we go
We’ll never be alone
Anywhere beside you is a place that I’ll call home

lyrics from the song “Home” by Kacey Musgraves
(our Ledeboer family theme song)

This post was written as a response to a question posed by Tsh Oxenreider on her blog as part of her newest book release At Home In the World. If you’ve not yet discovered Tsh and you are a lover of travel and books, let me introduce you to a lovely soul. Not only has she literally traveled the world with her young family, she has written several books (Notes from a Blue Bike is a fun one) and I listen to her podcast The Simple Show on a regular basis. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “where is home when you are always on the move?”

  1. Heather,
    I was just discussing this idea of home with a good friend. This person was my neighbor when I lived in a house, and we did almost everything together. We were very comfortable in one another’s homes, and it’s still very enjoyable to go to her house and stay for days when we come to town.

    So imagine everyone’s surprise last week when we had a sleepover planned and my kids just wanted to go home. (We can’t park in her yard because of her HOA, so our tiny house is parked in another friend’s yard way across town.) We did go home, and we later reflected that since our house moves, we have to keep going back to it to get a sense of security. Being in our house seems to remind us that we’re not really homeless (because sometimes, especially when we’re staying with other people in the suburbs , it starts to feel like we are.) Does that make sense?

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