"Home" usually involves a stateof mind resulting from lots of other factors.
You know, stuff like love, relationships, meaning and purpose in life and hope.
Lots of single people enjoy the benefits of "home," even though they spend many hours daily alone.
Sadly, many large families share housing, but have no sense of being "at home."
Admitting all of this, I still need to recognize the fact that it is hard to arrive at "home" if you don't have a house!
Recently, I read a story about the growing number of people, many with children, who live in their cars because they have no permanent housing.
Most of these folks find themselves temporarily without a roof over their heads. Forced to spend the night in their cars, they find all sorts of ingenious ways to remain "at home" in their cars without being detected by friends, work associates or authorities.
The same story reported on a national study that found a person earning minimum wage ($5.15 an hour) and working full-time could not afford a one-bedroom apartment at market rates in any city in the United States.
While "home" is not about housing only, it must be the case that without the basics in housing it will be very, very difficult to maintain any real sense of "home" for long.
Most of us, myself included, would do well to think about these facts of life in the U. S. A. as we come and go from our houses.
You'd think we could do better by one another than this.
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