is no place like home," so says an English proverb. What makes the
home so dear in the hearts of men? If we consider what a home, an
ideal home, is meant to a man, we shall see that the love of home
is simply human.
home is a place where one belongs to. Where he fits in, and where
he has a right to be, because in a peculiar sense it is his own.
In it kindly affections exist between all the members of the family.
The parents take part in the good times of the children, and the
children are interested in the activities of the parents. The brothers
and sisters, inspired by the comradeship of the father and mother,
see in one another the best of playmates and friends. Thus, bound
together by affection and comradeship, the member of the family
find the home the cheeriest and happiest place in the whole wild
sometimes think that to have an ideal home is necessary to possess
a fine house. This idea is wrong. The words "home" and "house" do
not mean the same thing, although they are sometimes used as synonyms.
Most people, it is true, at some time in their lives, become attached
to certain places or objects because of persons or events associated
with them. This is especially true of the dwelling one occupies,
frequently a very real-affection grows up about its every nook and
corner. But in spite of these associations, home and house are in
reality very different. If it is necessary for a family to move
from one locality to another, the home moves too, even though a
warm affection cotinues for the former residence.
Unhappily, however, there are families in which the seamy side of
human nature is outermost, in which selfishness and quarreling,
instead of affection and comradeship, so park the attitude of the
family group that sometimes its members drift away in search of
pleasanter surroundings. Such an atmosphere of constant discord
is often found among those who live in mansions; while, on the other
hand, people who live in cottages find them centers of peace and
affection. This proves that the character of the dwelling has little
to do with its being or not being a home. An ideal home or home
in the real sense of the word, is in any place where one' beloved
ones may be together.