I guess it is because, as children we spent many hours of the day at home, apart from the few hours spent in school, or the hours we spent playing in the parks if you were lucky, or going to the Church, Temple or Mosque, home was where we lived, dined and slept.
For many of us it was the place of safety from a big scary world outside, our parents provided for us a place to feel comfortable, it was a place where love was experienced in small and big ways, from the food our mothers cooked to the toys that our fathers brought back home.
It was where the foundation of our lives was laid
For many others it was the most frightening place, where they were abused in what is supposed to be the safest place for a child. And it so sad that this is allowed to happen in the first place, and that so often the circle of abuse continues into the next generation.
It is from our childhood homes, we formed lifelong habits, good or bad. It was where we cultivated our behavior over several years. It was where we learnt how to view the world, and how to engage with others. It was where the foundation of our lives was laid, and it’s no wonder it evokes many memories, good or bad. For some of us, we don’t mind reminiscing on those days long ago when we were children, and often wish we could step back in time to experience it all over again, or maybe just a short trip to the past to catch a whiff of that food from Mama’s Kitchen, or to glance again at the people who shaped our lives but who are no longer with us. For others, they are memories better kept at bay, hidden from the present lives we now live, having managed to escape the nightmare that was childhood.
But no matter how your childhood home was, the home we make for our children is just as important. If you were blessed to have a wonderful childhood home, then ensure you pass those blessings along to your children. If you did not have it easy growing up at home, the more reason you want to make your home a better place for your children, give them what you desired but could not have.
Home is a place of safety, comfort and love, where the family prays together, eats together, laughs together, cries together and essentially commune as one unit.