Last week my family was blessed with an amazing opportunity that seemed to come out of nowhere. The Adult Programs Coordinator at our local library asked me to participate in a meeting with film director Scott Paul regarding his documentary-in-progress, “What Home Means to Me.” I went, not knowing what to expect and answered his questions while he recorded, as did a handful of my fellow small-town neighbors. The next day, Scott called and asked if he could come out to our house and film the entire family in our element, while digging deeper into what home really means. I agreed, though I was extremely nervous to be interviewed (again) by a seven-time regional Emmy Award-winning educational film director and former employee of CNN. What could I possibly bring that was interesting or fresh and new to the subject of home?
All afternoon I debated what to wear, what to say. As a writer I know my thoughts are best created and organized on paper, so I wrote down everything I could think about when it comes to the home and jotted down my personal answers to those questions. That got the proverbial wheels in my head turning and opened a floodgate of emotions and story ideas, which also lead me to write a series of blog posts on the subject of home (stay tuned!).
It also brought back some great memories.
This is my childhood home. I was raised on the south side of Indianapolis in a quiet and friendly community from birth until age 13. Though I haven’t stepped inside that home for many years, I can close my eyes and still see every thing exactly the way it was from the early 80s to the mid-90s–every Home Interior decoration on the walls, the gaudy pink wallpaper in my bedroom, the table where we did our homework and gathered as a family for dinner. Oh, and the bathroom counter always cluttered with crimping irons and large cans of Aqua Net. The modern brick structure itself fit our needs and personalities during that particular time. As does the farmhouse I live in now with its slightly crooked door frames, stone fireplace, and country-style front porch.
Which leads me to the question, what is home to you? How does the structure and style of your home fit your needs and personality? What would you like to change about your home? What would you NEVER change about your home?
~Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Silver White Winters and Bright Copper Kettles. She writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release in 2016. Learn more at her website www.candicesuepatterson.com.