The Shifting Definition of “Home”

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “home.” When you teach creative writing, “home” is often the chosen topic for a beginning class, an easy, accessible topic for everyone to write about.

But is it, really?

The other day, I saw a woman wearing a t-shirt that read “Home is where Yinz Are.” (Yinz, for the non-Pittsburghers out there, is our version of “y’all”). It’s a twist on the familiar “Home is where the heart is,” the idea that home can be people, rather than a place.