Cherished Memories of Home

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Home has many faces that can change in an instant or stay the same. I have had many homes over my lifetime; all of which have cherished memories, even in the midst of heartbreak. “American Place, Chinese Space”, by Yi-Fu Tuan, reminds me of the lament for memories of home, and desire for stable roots to be laid down. To this day I sometimes wish I could go back to my childhood home, this place holds some dear memories for me. “El Hoyo”, written by Mario Suarez, tells of a city where homes can do these things in the community; they can be loyal to one another, and because of hardship develop coping skills. I have had people in my life that have been loyal to me in good times and bad times, and they have come together to support me, thus helping me to cope with whatever I was going through. “Home”, by author Lucretia Dibba, tells of her experience of living in a Home in the United States that is not her own, in which she does not feel at ease to be herself. This experience leaves her missing her home in Gambia, where she is surrounded by her own family where she feels accepted and safe. When I am surrounded by loved ones who accept me for who I am I feel safe. All in all, home is defined by each individual according to their roots and memories, coping skills and loyalty, and one’s family traditions. Since home is a place to lay down roots, being able to make many memories, along with sharing dreams with loved ones, allows us to feel safe. Home is a safe place nostalgic place to lay down roots. Therefore, making many happy memories with loved ones produces a tranquil environment. Home is a place where dreams can be born and then made a reality with our loved ones. As seen in “American Space, Chinese Place”, the author Yi-Fu Tuan writes, “Their nostalgia for home town is really longing for childhood to which they cannot return: in the mean time the future beckons and the future is “out there”, in open space.” Many times I reflect on my home where I grew up,...
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