Comforts of Home
During the Winter, my family and I spend a lot of time indoors snuggled in front of the fire watching our favorite movies. We just finished watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and are now watching The Hobbit. At the very beginning of the movie when they’re setting the scene, the narrator describes the hole in the ground where the hobbit lives. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, ” Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole full of worms and oozy smells. This was a hobbit-hole and that means good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home.“
Home Versus Adventure
“Good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home” is exactly the kind of sentiment I try to capture in Creating Home. When Gandalf is trying to convince Bilbo to go on an adventure with him and leave his beloved home behind, I can see the internal struggle Bilbo has because I would feel the exact same way. It’s the classic struggle of the love of home versus the love of adventure. Bilbo takes pride and joy in his home so it’s the last place he wants to leave. There’s also a similar scenario in The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame in regards to Mole: “It was good to think he had this to come back to, this place which was all his own, these things which were so glad to see him again and could always be counted upon for the same simple welcome.”
Essence of Creating Home
No matter how many adventures life takes us on, there’s always the draw to go back home where everything’s stable, welcoming, and our own. I recently had a new subscriber to Wilma Magazine who told me she was in bed with pneumonia and wanted to hire a housekeeper. She said she stumbled upon my website and thought it captured the essence of what she was looking for as far as her home goes. I take that as a compliment!
What are some of your favorite comforts of home?
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