I don’t think that a single year passes without another expat asking: “Are you going home for Christmas?”
Er, we’ve lived here in France for over twenty years, so it’s pretty much ‘home’ now.
But, if “Home is where the heart is,” the answer is not such a simple one, because my heart is in many places.
Specifically it’s with family who live in England and who we don’t see often enough; it’s with friends scattered all over the globe; it’s in the hereafter with those we loved who are no longer on earth; it’s on the Kenyan plains, and it’s here in our home in France.
And generally, it’s with all people and animals wherever they are, who are cold, hungry, alone, lonely, afraid, abused or injured and who won’t be enjoying themselves while so many others will be celebrating.
This picture was drawn by Erika Aoyama on November 16, 2002
Where is your heart?