Home Is Where The Heart Is

The Red, Yellow And Orange Sky

homeMy father built a cottage on a narrow strip of land and surrounded by a calm, blue ocean. He made our cottage with wood; brown, teak and heavy. The doors were painted red, the roof was white. On the roof, my father built a nest. It was a sturdy, wooden nest; a lookout, the perfect picnic spot. This was home.

We often sat in the nest, watching the calmly breathing ocean. You could see the seagulls circling our cottage as we sat having our lunch out there.

There was nothing more beautiful than witnessing up close the sun slipping under the ocean at dusk. Have you ever seen the sky at dusk? Red, yellow and orange. They are unlike any other red or yellow or orange.

New Home

Our cottage home was bathed in these glorious colours every day. Then, one day, we got tired of our home. Bored of the sun and the blue, calm ocean, we went off to the city. We went to find a better home.

The city did not smell of fish. It smelled of coffee and chocolate in the morning and vegetable stews at lunch and the city was not calm, never! Rather, it was loud, noisy and busy. As exciting as this was, we eventually had to get replacement windows to keep the noise out of our home.

Thrilled were we with the city! We loved the city and all its sights. We watched plays and musicals in the theatre and circus performances. There were people of different skin colours and faces and people with red hair to see. A wonderful red it was but not as wonderful a red as the sky at dusk. We wore yellow summer dresses; an attractive yellow but not as attractively yellow as the sky at dusk.

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We painted our new home a bright, fresh orange; a beautiful orange but not as beautifully orange as the sky at dusk.

We missed our home.


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12 thoughts on “Home Is Where The Heart Is

  1. Home is where you feel the most centered. And That is where your heart is as the saying goes, I loved Uganda, its greenery, dust, family, fresh ai in the morning, birds singing, so I didnt feel at home in Liverpool for yers, until it clicked in my mind that I lived breathed worked and ate here so why not fall in LOVE with it and let it in…I havent looked back since. I love Liverpool in a way that allows it to be muy home, without taking away from my Motherland 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      You express my exact feelings! That is how I felt for many years in Canada – like a long term tourist! Then, I went back to Jamaica and was there for five months and while it was great, it dawned on me that Canada is home…my granddaughter has cemented that for me. 🙂

  2. Honestly we always have to admit that there is no better place than home and I always feel I wanted to go back to my native village and live a simple yet peaceful life. You can’t miss the city life in the current trend we live, but still the other end looks the best most of the time!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for that Lisa! Your words are so true!

  3. Nicole Escat

    I like living in the city. We used to live in the province and it’s a lot more difference!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I can just imagine Nicole! Wonder which one you preferred? 🙂

  4. Elizabeth O.

    There’s really no place like home. I can’t believe it’s been a month since you started this series, I have enjoyed reading each and everyone of them. Thanks for all the lovely stories that you shared along with the pictures that you showed us!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And thank you for your visits and comments Elizabeth! 🙂

  5. I don’t like cities…. I mean I do, I just don’t like to live in them. Too noisy for me. Also I’m used of living in a little calm village so living in a city (while in college) was a huge blow for me. I couldn’t get used to it, now even after 3 years of living there.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You have your preference, just like we all do. I hope you can one day soon have your heart’s desire Annie. 🙂

  6. I have some of that same conflict between city and ocean. Ah, to have both! Wouldn’t that be amazing?
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it would really be Carol! 🙂

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