Home. It has a special meaning for most of us doesn’t it? Whether it’s the home in which we grew up, or the home in which we are bringing up our own family. You may own it, or you may rent, but generally we have some deep connection with the bricks and mortar we call our home.
My Home Connection:
We have lived in our home for over 12 years. It’s the longest I have lived anywhere, except for my childhood home. As an adult I’ve lived in 12 different houses, some for just 6 months, others for a few years, but this house now is my one true adult home.
It’s where we got married, where we had the children (the second one was born at home) and where we’ve shared many memories with family and friends. It’s a real, well lived-in home. It’s not a showhome, even though when I do post images on the blog it may look pristine, it certainly isn’t.
The reality is very different to the perception. If you think my house is uber stylish, full of design pieces, and clutter free, think again. This is where we live, where we eat and sleep, and bring up our family. It’s ever evolving, ever-changing and full of cracks and junk. I just sweep it away when I need to take a blog photo. Sometimes a blog post takes a lot longer than envisaged, because I need to clear a room before photographing a corner, and sometimes I just can’t face it. That’s my Home Truth.
The real truth is, that at the end of a long day, our home looks like everyone elses; washing up in the sink, clothes drying on the rack, shoes everywhere and toys scattered wildly about the place. But it’s just that which makes this house our home, and the place to which we feel connected and bonded.
(I’ve had to hunt around for a ‘messy’ photo, and this is the only one I can find – I just don’t take them!)
Channel 4 have teamed up with British Gas to make some short films about what home means to people. I took a look at a few of them and this one struck a chord with me. I became very emotional watching this; it could have so easily been us.
A family of 4, living in their home for 12 years, having updated it, decorated and remodelled over the years to make it the home of their dreams. Only, they live on the Somerset Levels and in February 2013, had just 3 hours to evacuate their home in the middle of the night, before it was flooded. Everything they had achieved in that house was washed away. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine the fear, the heartache, the devastation at losing your home like that? At having to move out and not know when you’ll be able to return.
I really connected with this family, and felt their anguish and pain. It really touched me, and I’d love to see a follow up and find out if they’ve returned.
Do you have a Home Truth? What does home mean to you?
There are quite a few more short films on the British Gas website, and maybe you’ll find one that connects with you, as this one did with me. Do take a look.