What is home to you?
Home right now is here at 1 Maui Street Kaikoura.
Just 3 dogs and me at present. Looking after Mena for Al and Jody while they’re overseas.
Home for me is a familiarity with place, knowing that I have all my tools, my reserves, what security I can muster.
Home is also relationships, neighbours, golf club, cycle club, boat club, tramping club, Lions club, all the people in all the organisations and businesses I interact with.
All of my online communities, including here with you.
And there are shadows of Waitakaruru, where I lived for 34 years before moving here 18 years ago. Still friends and family there.
And there is Papakura, where I was born, and where my paternal grandparents lived all the time I knew them.
And New Zealand as a place feels like home when I am somewhere else.
I have traveled most of the roads in NZ, and flown over most of the country, much of it at 1,000ft AGL or less.
And when I think about traveling the universe starting in about 5,000 years time, then the Earth, the solar system, and the milky way galaxy feel like home.
So home is a very context sensitive sort of an idea.
And I am rather fond of 1 Maui Street, and the lady that shares it with me (even if she is off on an Island in the Hauraki Gulf as I write this).