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What Does Home Mean to You?

Dorothy was spot-on: There’s no place like it. As we journey through life―dodging the occasional wicked witch―it’s comforting to know that a cozy bed, loving arms, and perhaps even a Munchkin or two await, just across the threshold.

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A warm bed that you can’t get out of in the morning, a tiny pink toothbrush in the bathroom, and the sound of my husband’s key in the door at the end of the day.
Dena Nilsen
Charlotte, North Carolina

My husband and I moved our family 10 times over a period of 22 years. Before we became nomads, we thought of home as where we had grown up. (Iowa for him, Delaware for me.) Now that we’re adults, home is wherever we gather with our family and friends. Houses get bought and sold; a home stays with you always.
Joel Melsha
Winter Garden, Florida

Anywhere my kids are.
Millie Ayala
Northport, New York

The sensation of peace on a cozy, rainy Sunday; the feeling of relief when you pull into the driveway after a long trip; a quiet kiss on the head of a baby asleep in my lap; and the warmth of my husband’s arms. Home has been many places for me over the years, but its comforts are defined by simple, blissful moments like these.
Sarah Bernard
Somersworth, New Hampshire

Home is a place you can feel comfortable cooking breakfast in your pajamas.
Danielle Halloran
Folsom, California

A clean, fresh, lemon-scented living room, open windows, plenty of sun and warmth everywhere, and my mother’s cheese pie baking in the oven.
Thei Zervaki
New York, New York

Where I can be naked, both emotionally and physically.
Courie Helene Weiss
Marina Del Rey, California

Anywhere my husband is. “You’re My Home” is an old Billy Joel song, and that is what is engraved on the inside of his wedding band. The lyrics are “I’ll never be a stranger, and I’ll never be alone. Wherever we’re together, that’s my home.” After 12 years and two kids, it’s still true.
Jennie Rook
Clarence Center, New York

Home isn’t a place; it’s a feeling.
Winter Skelton
Springfield, Missouri

Whether I’m in my husband’s warm arms or smelling the sweet smell of my newborn baby, home means always having someone to nuzzle with before drifting off to sleep.
Natalie Plummer
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Home is where my own bed is.
Jenny Steadman
Shaker Heights, Ohio

A place where I can be 100 percent me. If I want to make fried bologna with a side of couscous or have a cackling laugh attack watching I Love Lucy, I can, because I’m home.
Jessica Hanson
Marseilles, Illinois

A warm dog curled up by your feet at bedtime.
Jesely Alvarez Masencup
Seattle, Washington

Home is being around people who can drive you absolutely crazy one moment and make you feel like a million dollars the next. It’s knowing that no matter how hard times get, someone is there for you.
Lexi Williams
Winnemucca, Nevada

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