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Fiction by Helen Yohannes. Illustrated by Nicole Miles.
What does 'home' mean to you? And how do you know it when you find it?
Although home does not need to be defined by the place we lay our heads at night, some of us will carry the places we are from wherever we go. Some of us will carry with us the people who raised us, the lessons we’ve learned, and the love of the communities that have held us in our brightest and darkest hours.
Helen writes, “Growth can feel cruel; It takes away familiar circumstances in order to stretch and expand you.” The stretching and the expanding can be uncomfortable, but it’s in these painful, confusing periods we can learn the most about ourselves and start to name what we hold most dear. With each year, decade, and milestone that passes, our author takes us through the moments that have taught her not only how to create a home wherever she goes, but to recognize what it means to be home, and at peace with herself, no matter where she lays her head.
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