Home Is

8 Apr


Home is purple mountain majesties.  Snowcapped mountains, usually, stealing my breath away, following me wherever I go.  Teaching me how to take something for granted.

Home is dry, cracked skin.  Hair that will listen to me.  That long, flattering mirror in the basement bathroom.  It’s malls and Targets and suburbia galore.

It’s I’ll be there in 15 minutes and meaning it.

Home is my mother in the kitchen, using her mixer loud enough to make everyone comment.  It’s my dad’s pull-up bar that he looks at as a reward.  It’s a cupboard full of casserole dishes, a rusty swing set, a strip of land we’re calling a garden next to the shack we called a tool shed.

Once, when my parents moved out of state, I asked if I could rent out the tool shed and live there.

Home is a wall of awkward family photos.  It’s a grand piano in a grand piano room, where we gather to sing songs.  It’s that corner behind the couches with homemade afghans we fight over.

Home is a half acre of land.  Its snowy drives and Sunday walks.  It’s scripture study mornings and prayers over every meal.  It’s ping pong tournaments and card games and laughing until the neighbors comment.

Home is a puzzle piece.

An art exhibit dedicated to my great grandfather.

A glass cake stand always filled with dessert.

Home is a house.

A feeling.

A place.


It’s the girl I was at 14 when I asked for bars in my window after Elizabeth Smart was taken.

Home is white shutters.

Home is curly hair.

Home is curved second toes and Christmas salsa.

Home is Handel’s Messiah all times of the year.

Home is love.

How have I not mentioned that?

Home is love

is love

is love.


Inspired by this writing prompt from Man Repeller.

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9 Responses to “Home Is”

  1. Kendel April 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    I 100% agree that home is a feeling! Absolutely. I love, love, love this post!

    • jillianlorraine April 13, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      Thank you, thank you!

  2. Lisa and Tate April 8, 2015 at 8:42 pm #


    • jillianlorraine April 13, 2015 at 9:10 am #


  3. M.R.R. April 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    Home is nice to have.

  4. Lori Siedenstrang April 9, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    WOW. What an amazing home!

    • jillianlorraine April 13, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      Thank you!

  5. Bailey Brewer April 13, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    goosebumps. i love this.

    your final line reminds me of maya’s “still i rise” 🙂

    • jillianlorraine April 13, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      Ooh I had never listened to that before. Love it.

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