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  • Josie Coco

When a house becomes a home

Day 143/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.


What is the difference between a house and a home? That something in the ether that welcomes and nurtures, envelops you in warmth and familiarity, drains the tension out of your weary bones.


Because of the love with which Mr Clemens and his family tended their home, "it had a heart and a soul, and eyes to see with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us and we were in its confidence and lived in its grace and the peace of its benedictions. We never came home from an absence that its face did not light up and speak out in eloquent welcome and we could not enter it unmoved." To maintain this stately home, and to recover from near bankruptcy that was the toll for this expensive lavishing of care, Mr Clemens began to write as Mark Twain (Ban Breathnach, 1995). Such a lovely description, I just had to share it word for word.