Home is

Broken windows; wooden walls and beams devoured from the inside by termites.

Home is

Typhoons; walls falling in, losing the battle against the wind; flood rising above my waist.

Home is

An outhouse; hard beds; remnants of Spanish colonialism; poverty; goodbye.

But home is also

Piano lessons and live music; laughter; shadow puppets.

Home is

Great grandfather’s poetry; three generations of family; deep sleep in grandmother’s arms; home-cooked meals.

Home is

Faith; dreams imagined beyond oceans yet uncrossed; life lessons; hope.

Home is

Love.

Home is

A promise.


Original photo of Kate Blanco’s childhood home in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines during a heavy rain. Also posted at www.instagram.com/kate_isms/.

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