HOME TRUTHS

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - With editor Robyn Wil­lis robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

Find­ing a room or two of one’s own

It’s about this time when you re­alise that the new year has def­i­nitely be­gun.

The Christ­mas tree has been packed away, along with the dec­o­ra­tions, and some of us are al­ready sun­ning our­selves on hol­i­days by the beach.

The more or­gan­ised fam­i­lies out there have al­ready started think­ing about what the new year holds, from back-toschool ex­penses to set­ting up study ar­eas to pro­vide the best en­vi­ron­ment for young minds.

For many, it’s an ex­cit­ing start to the new year, sort­ing out uni­forms and stock­ing up on sta­tionery. For some, it’s go­ing to be a big ask. Af­ter the ex­penses of Christ­mas, plenty of fam­i­lies have noth­ing left in the house­hold kitty. Some have no house­hold at all. It’s dif­fi­cult to stay at the same school when you’re liv­ing out of the fam­ily car, you’re sleep­ing in a tent at the park or you’re liv­ing in third-world hous­ing in a first-world coun­try.

In some parts of the world, fam­i­lies are on the move, forced out of their homes through no fault of their own by vi­o­lence and war.

Find­ing a sense of place — some­where to call home — is not unique to hu­mans but it’s fun­da­men­tal to who we are and our as­pi­ra­tions for a happy life.

That de­sire to cre­ate a wel­com­ing and nur­tur­ing space, sep­a­rate from the rest of the world, is at its heart the rea­son why publi­ca­tions like ours ex­ist.

And while most of us have worked hard to get into and keep our homes, there are plenty of oth­ers who are just as de­serv­ing who have barely a roof over their heads.

So I’m go­ing to try to keep my res­o­lu­tions sim­ple this year and be thank­ful for the com­fort of my own home and look for ways to lend a hand to those strug­gling to find theirs.

Be­cause there’s no place like home.

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