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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When I was growing up, my household was rocky. My extended family and friends knew what I was going through, and they were there for me. It was in their homes that I received the love, the support, and the sense of security that helped make me who I am today.
Jeanine de los Reyes
South San Francisco, California

Baking pies. I learned this craft from my mother, who learned from my grandma Jane. This reminds me that I come from a long line of talented, strong women and that I will be the next one to pass on those baking skills.
Anna Caraszi
Portland, Maine

A log cabin set in the snowy mountains, where I’m wrapped in a soft blanket on an oversize plaid couch in front of a roaring fire in a great stone fireplace, drifting to sleep in this toasty-warm room.
Melissa Burdon
East Greenwich, Rhode Island

The delicious scent of dinner in the oven, the wonderful sight of my girls playing together, and the annoying sound of Barney singing in the background.
Kristin Ricci
Haddon Heights, New Jersey

It’s where my palm meets my daughter’s palm. When I’m holding her hand in mine, there is no place on earth I’d rather be.
Cris Phillips-Georg
Orlando, Florida

As the saying goes, home is where the mom is.
Valerie Warner
Farmington Hills, Michigan

For me, home is the sound of my husband’s laughter, my spaniel’s boundless joy, and a bouquet of fresh flowers on the table.
Cynthia Blackledge
Houston, Texas

Welcome chaos. From my parents bickering to my siblings running amok, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes me feel a little more sane.
Rebecca E, Pennsylvania

I work at a nonprofit organization serving the homeless, and they have taught me that home is where you are treated with dignity and respect and where you feel safe and deserving, even on the worst days.
Sue Veazie
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

The smell of fresh laundry and a hot cup of tea.
Camilia Kennett
Highland, Illinois

I know I’m home when I feel loved and secure and the clutter is all mine.
Barbara Santoro
Spring Hill, Florida

Home means snow skis still sitting in the living room in June, dishes in the sink, too much artwork for too little wall space, and Indian takeout in the fridge.
Amy Goldhammer
Berkeley, California

A good man, a good chair, and a good wine.
Donna Sullivan
Redding, California
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