Home is Where There is One to Love Us
Home's not merely four square walls,
Though with pictures hung and guilded;
Home is where affection calls-
Filled with shrines the Hearth has builded!
Home! Go watch the faithful dove,
Sailing 'neath the heaven above us.
Home is where there's one to love!
Home is where there's one to love us.
Home's not merely roof and room,
It needs something to endear it;
Home is where the heart can bloom,
Where there's some kind lip to cheer it.
What is home with none to meet,
None to welcome, none to greet us?
Home is sweet, and only sweet,
Where there's one we love to meet us.
as published in The Family Book of Best Loved Poems, 1952
I wish I would have heard something like Mrs. Wilson's address to recent graduates 25 years ago. As I reflect on my growing up years I am thankful for the blessings of covenant and grace I was mostly oblivious to. K.-We look on expectingly as you set your stride to step into Dangerous Womanhood.
For you are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that you may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for you [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that you should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for you to live]. Eph. 2:10 - Amplified Bible, paraphrased.
There are many that say it more eloquently, but alas I defer to Dorothy's encouragement to Toto, "There's no place like home."
K- one more thing- remember the gifts you've been given. You have the blueprint of many to inspire and guide.