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This thesis explores the nature of home. It situates the idea of home, both as a physical place and a spiritual state, where the subjects of these stories find belonging. Fourteen interviews were conducted, from December 2020 through February 2021, resulting in a series of longform stories. Eight interviews were recorded with immediate family and childhood friends in my hometown, the suburbs of Orlando, Fla. The balance of the stories derived from Zoom interviews, culminating in a 1,200-mile road journey to South Carolina, for the remaining ones.
What emerged from these oral history interviews and ensuing longform pieces are three overlapping themes: rest, healing, and belonging. These themes affirm the desires to be fully known and fully loved, finding freedom, comfort, and safety in that state. Defining home is helpful to experiencing home, as understanding the grace of it increasesone’s willingness to receive and celebrate it.
Harkins, Meagan E., "Reflecting on Our Terrain: How People and Places Create a Spirit of Home" (2021). Honors Theses. 1617.