“Home Sweet Home.” There is a reason the saying uses the word “home,” it isn’t “house sweet house” or “apartment sweet apartment.” The word “home” has a deeper meaning than we may realize. Home isn’t just a building with four walls, a few rooms, and a roof. Home is the place where you make memories with family, friends, and loved ones. It is a place where you feel safe, comfortable, and happy. We all have a special place in our heart that means the most, but it isn’t because of the framework, the flooring, or the walls of the building itself. It’s the memories that are attached to that place.
When I was a little girl, I used to play this game with my friends that we called House. In this game, my friends and I pretended to be a little family. We would cook things and make food using bark and bowls of water. We “lived” in this little plastic toy house in my backyard and we would play in it all day. We made so many memories in that little plastic house. I look back at that game and realize that the plastic house isn’t what I remember most. I barely even remember what it looked like. What I remember most is the memories that are attached to that house. I remember my friends and I running around gathering dirt and bark to make food, making up names for each other, and picking who would be a parent or a sibling. These are a few of the memories that I made and will remember forever. So the question, what makes a house a home? Well that answer is simple to me! It doesn’t matter what your house looks like or where it is located. What matters most are the memories that take place. The memories are the “home!” Good memories are the sweet part because some memories are more easily remembered. I know that there are bad memories that can come from the home as well, but those we try to forget about. The sweet ones are the ones we need to cherish and hold onto because even in the storms (bad memories) there is a rainbow somewhere! Those are the memories that we love to remember. Those are the memories that make you want to put up a sign in your house that says “Home Sweet Home!”