Current Issue: Home 

From the beginning, I've stressed that home is something internal, invisible, portable, especially for those of us with roots in many physical places; we have to root ourselves in our passions, our values, and our deepest friends. - Pico Iyer 

We want to know what home means to you. Send submissions to caytebosler@gmail.com or mauramcdanel09@gmail.com

Poem of Home By Sofia Laguna Rigolon

Poem of Home By Sofia Laguna Rigolon

Home.

Home is body. It is feeling skin against your skin, the smell of someone familiar. It is

my husband’s arms around me. It is my baby tumbling inside me. Sometimes, home

means stretching. It means expanding like water. Other times, it is freezing in one

place- under the covers.

Home is the smell of rain on asphalt- or coffee in the morning. Sometimes it is even

the smell of dirty laundry, or a rotten banana peel in your lunch box. It’s the diffuser

in the living room, or dog stench right after vacuuming the carpet.

Home is clean- when you make it clean, and dirty when you stop picking up. It is the

new chair in the corner, and the chipped coffee table in the living room. It is the

unopened mail on the counter, and boxes full of re-read love notes, birthday and

Christmas cards.

Home is mind. When it is open to new opportunities, or flirting with past ones. It is

finding a plane ticket stub between the pages of a book you’ve never read, and the

accordion folder with papers called “documents” you assume you’ll need again

someday.

Home is the places you stay for a few days, or maybe even years. The small

comforts- the damp towel on the floor- pajamas under the pillow.

Home are the places you also leave behind. The places that become memories, or

unused keys on a keychain.

Home stands still, home moves with you. Home is breath in your body, or its escape.

It is structure- building, drywall, linoleum counter- and it is the lack of it: The trees,

grass, and things that move with the seasons.

Home is a full range of emotion. A favorite song on the radio. Turning onto a street

lined with great trees and children playing outside.

Home is the sound of your mother’s voice and your father’s laugh. The sound of the

kitchen floor when it creaks the same way it always has.

Sometimes, home is not for you to keep. It is for you to give. With your warmth,

touch, and light kisses on the nose.

I know my home as everything. As I have left home, and found it so many other

places. I feel myself as home as my baby stretches inside me.

I am home. She is home. We are home.

Home is what I carry with me and dare to hold on to.

 

 Sofia Laguna Rigolon is a crafter, dual language teacher, writer, and expecting mother based out of Los Angeles, CA. Sofia is a Colorado native who received all of her formal education in her home state, where she attended University of Colorado Boulder (BA: Creative Writing) and then University of Denver (MA: Curriculum and Instruction). She taught for two years in Denver Public Schools, and has since then relocated to California. She has been an elementary public school teacher for the past four years, and continues to believe in the importance of providing all children with quality instruction in a structured, yet nurturing and motivational environment. In her free time, Sofia enjoys staying active and being outside, crafting, cooking, thrifting, and spending time with her friends and family. In the future, she hopes to continue her work as an educator, and empower the next generation through language, kindness, and emapthy.

Sofia Laguna Rigolon is a crafter, dual language teacher, writer, and expecting mother based out of Los Angeles, CA. Sofia is a Colorado native who received all of her formal education in her home state, where she attended University of Colorado Boulder (BA: Creative Writing) and then University of Denver (MA: Curriculum and Instruction). She taught for two years in Denver Public Schools, and has since then relocated to California. She has been an elementary public school teacher for the past four years, and continues to believe in the importance of providing all children with quality instruction in a structured, yet nurturing and motivational environment. In her free time, Sofia enjoys staying active and being outside, crafting, cooking, thrifting, and spending time with her friends and family. In the future, she hopes to continue her work as an educator, and empower the next generation through language, kindness, and emapthy.

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