The dif­fer­ence be­tween house and home

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: How MPAC helped me ap­pre­ci­ate my home (July 15)

Latham Hunter’s ar­ti­cle set me think­ing about the dif­fer­ence be­tween a house and a home. A house is a phys­i­cal con­struct of walls, roof bricks and mor­tar. A home is ab­stract. It is a place where peo­ple and fam­i­lies live and build up mem­o­ries over a pe­riod of time. As she has men­tioned in her ar­ti­cle “ren­o­vat­ing and dec­o­rat­ing are ubiq­ui­tous me­dia top­ics and they seep into our cul­ture.” Hence the huge pop­u­lar­ity of home im­prove­ment shows on tele­vi­sion.

We must ren­o­vate the slightly older kitchen with a new cen­tre is­land mar­ble top and the lat­est steel ap­pli­ances, and so on it goes. My aunt from the Black Isle in Scot­land cooked the most amaz­ing meals for a fam­ily of six in a very small gal­ley kitchen on a gas stove. No doubt she would have been de­lighted with a huge mod­ern kitchen but I am not sure if the qual­ity of the food would have been dif­fer­ent!

On our street six of the older ranch style homes, some per­haps well over 60 years old, are be­ing pulled down to make way for very large houses. I was given per­mis­sion to go into one be­fore its de­mo­li­tion to dig up some peren­nial plants and take out some old flag­stones. One won­ders about the mem­o­ries left be­hind. The wreck­ing crews are there and it will dis­ap­pear in a cou­ple of days. Let us hope its new, very large re­place­ment will build up its own mem­o­ries over time.

Eve­lyn Paulssen, Burling­ton

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