Home Is a Living Thing

Painting of a Home We are nearing the tail end of the holiday season with New Year’s Eve set to explode tomorrow night. Will your night be full of glitz and glamor, ballrooms and turntable resolutions, or will your night be more contemplative, perhaps reflecting on what the home means and if the idiom, “Home is where the heart is” is true? After all, it has been two months of holiday frenzy, from Thanksgiving all the way up to New Year’s Eve, and it can be a bit dizzying, especially visiting friends and family, making the trek back to the old stomping ground and having weird feelings about it. Returning home is a heavy endeavor.

According to Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. of Psychology Today, “The importance of returning “home for the holidays,” usually to share at least one large meal, reflects the importance of home places in maintaining the bonds between people. Such homecoming rituals affirm and renew a person’s place in the family and often are a key factor in preserving the family’s social fabric. To the Zuni of the American Southwest, home is a living thing. It is the setting for raising children, for communicating with God and the spirit world, and for life itself.”

Painting of a Home That is the thing about home; it solidifies our connection with the world around us. It parts the Red Sea of confusion and gives us a clear path to walk on, providing us with a destination. At the end of the day, home gives us purpose. Without the home to keep us together, the social fabric unravels, but more than that, the soul unravels, which is why the Zuni believe the home is a living thing. In other words, it is a religious experience and like every religion, the home needs some religious artifacts. That is where I come in, House Portraits by Deb.

Professional watercolor portraits of your home make a unique gift providing you with a spiritual connection to the place you care about the most. It is the perfect gift to start the New Year. Contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.