Home, a Definition; or Home is Where the Obedie Dances
I’m writing from London Heathrow, en route to Lisbon, and then on to Christian Associates’ annual staff conference. I can’t wait to return to Portugal. I have that excited/exhausted nausea from skipping across time zones during the night. I feel a bit like a little girl on those groggy mornings when I knew I was going over to play at a friend’s house that afternoon, and so awoke too early on account of happy nerves. My body is happily confused with an excited lack of sleep.
On the flight over from Baltimore, my next door seat neighbor asked me whether I was going home, or going on vacation. I said I didn’t quite know how to answer his nice question. I lived in Portugal for a little over three years, so it is like going home. But then again, I just left home, and already miss my family. These home questions are strange. (TCKs know so well.)
Not long ago, someone much smarter than I said that we’re only really “at home” when we’ve pitched a tent in the center of obedience. I think that might be the most accurate definition of “home” that I’ve ever heard. What do you think? I’ve always liked the image of our bodies as tents. I think the metaphor stretches out nicely.
(Photo of Warwick Castle by Jedi58)