Jesse and I were in Australia a few years ago visiting my brother while he was there for awhile. One night we watched a movie that I forgot the name of, and actually don't remember much about the story except a very small part. The main character had just moved somewhere new, and as he was wandering around his new area, there was this great line about how right now, the things he was looking at - stop signs, store fronts, cafes, etc - are all strange and maybe intimidating. But it won't be long before these things are familar and part of what makes up this person's home.
I knew we were moving to DC a few weeks after we came home from Australia, and I thought about putting that quote on a wall somewhere in our home. As places around me became familar, I'd put pictures of them around these words to illustrate how DC was becoming a place I felt at home in. I liked the idea of something starting out as unfamilar and intimidating - maybe even overwhelming - but turning into something I identify with.
Kind of like motherhood.
I didn't pursue this idea, but I think about that scene in the movie a lot, and was reminded of it this Valentine's Day when the girls and I made a morning trip to Hadley Park.
That seems like a nice idea of home.