I have been writing a young adult novel about two twelve year olds who after extraordinary suffering they find themselves together and homeless. Everyday I wonder, “What is home? What creates the sensation of the relief of coming home?” For me, home is where my heart is at peace. Home is where I can be my best, express myself, and I can surrender to my growth with out being judged. Within myself and in prayer it is always just a breath away. Here I ask the animals what is home to you?
Joey (cat): Home is a place where people and animals that love me live.
Cousteau (horse): Home is friendships, knowing that when I am in discomfort and cant help myself others will help me.
Henry (Golden Retriever): Home is any place my mom decorates and we sleep and eat.
Sally (Parrot): I think of home as where I lived two owners ago. There I felt safe and well fed. Now I get scared sometimes. Home is where I go in my mind when I want to be somewhere else.
Z (Zebra): Home is under the oak tree where I stay dry from the rain. It’s far away from here. It is so deep inside of me that sometimes I get lost trying to find it.
Blanche (cat): Home is in the prayers that my mom and I say together. It is in the connection to the Great Love that watches over us.
Tiny (cat): Home is in the food that I eat. For this lifetime home is in my body.
Jenny (Donkey): Home is with friends that make me feel complete. It is the place where I don’t feel lonely anymore.
Chicken: Home is a place where I can let go of suffering and learn to play. Also home is my box. It is the second one from the fence.
Tanner (Labrador retriever): Home is anywhere my mom is. It is also when my family is all together and when I play ball and swim in complete bliss.
Mr. Squirrelly: I keep changing my home. It’s where I feel most comfortable and I have room to stretch.
Mourning Dove: Home is always in the song.
My animal family and I are looking for a new residence (just for a change). If you know of a private, quiet 2bdr in Carpinteria, Summerland, Santa Barbara, or Ojai please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org