Now that I live in Peru, I’ve often been asked, “Where is home now?”
It seems like a simple question. Of course, it’s wherever I currently live. But Peru’s not my only home.Wherever I currently live for the longest amount of time over the year? No, that’s not it.
The family gathering of over 40 relatives with a Filipino-Chinese buffet and presents under the Christmas tree in Canada, as I celebrated this year, gives me the feeling of home just as much to me now as our tradition in Huancayo, Peru of throwing fireworks from the second floor window with Roy’s family after Christmas Eve dinner by the garland taped to the wall in the shape of a tree, as I celebrated a couple years ago.
They say that “home is where the heart is,” so I have two simultaneous homes with my families in Canada and Peru. Traveling is that limbo where I look forward to going home to Canada and soon going back home to Peru at the same time.
My heart isn’t in two pieces on two different continents. It just encompasses both locations where I have built a life and feel like part of the community.
Where is home for you and why?
P.S. I thoroughly apologize for the long delay in getting this post published! The weeks leading up to travel to Canada became much busier than I thought, but I’m catching up bit by bit! Thanks for your patience. =)