Many questions arise about roots and if our children’s sense of belonging is compromised by a more nomadic lifestyle. Here is what we believe.
Each place we spend time, we leave a part of ourselves. When we establish real relationships with people, roots take hold naturally and in the most unforeseen places. Our roots are far-reaching, casting a global canopy that will give our kids independence and infinite hearths for which to return when a homecoming seems imminent or inspired.
Our roots are harder to see. They no longer require a picket fence or an address, as we once believed. It is not that we didn’t feel at home with those things, but that was not what made it home. What made it home, was the time we spent together, behind that fence, at that address.
Time we once spent mending fences or shopping for a better address, we now spend together exploring the world. There may be many more picket fences in our future, but we no longer need them to feel at home.
The beauty of intrinsic roots is that once they take hold, no one can rattle their presence or impede on the fence line, because it has little to do with real estate and everything to with feeling grounded anywhere! It is the ultimate sense of freedom to be home the moment we arrive. That I do declare!