What makes home, home? After growing up in one place, I left home at seventeen never to return. In part because when I left so did my parents. I went off to college in Massachusetts and they moved to San Francisco from the Camden area of New Jersey. Once there, they made it their forever home.
I went from Massachusetts to Illinois to Southern California to Minneapolis to Iowa to Massachusetts. For the past twenty years, New Hampshire has been home. We might have one more move left in us, but at this point we would disagree as to the where.
We live in an area uncluttered by humanity. To move to a more populated area might demand what we couldn’t handle. If we both liked winters, we would be checking out plots rather than maps, but winter weather might be our own doing in New Hampshire.
On the other hand the thought of moving stuff as well as leaving behind friends and landmarks could be what keeps us put. The issue is greater for my partner. She likes growing things. I like a chair and find electric heaters cosy.