There are many ways that one can define home, but to me it doesn’t denote bricks and mortar. To me, home is any place, or person, that gives you a sense of being… well, home.

And this is such a place.

The scent of newly cut grass floats on the air from the nearby golf course, overlaid by the tang of brine.

Overhead, the skylark trills his merry tune, accompanied by the caw of a crow and the distant call of gull, oystercatcher and curlew.

A gentle breeze rustles through the marram grass and sets the rosebay willow-herb to a gentle sway. The ripened heads burst, scattering an explosion of white fluffy seed heads that float through the air like snow on a warm summer day.

Butterflies, bees and beetles flit from flower to flower. A vast array of colourful shades; pink and yellow, blue and red, against a backdrop of green. Spotted orchids, birds-foot trefoil, periwinkle, cornflowers and poppies. Look there, very carefully, you may see the cinnabar moth caterpillars congregate on ragwort in their black and yellow jackets. And see the web nest of the peacock butterfly amongst the nettles as the larvae burst forth to feast upon the leaves.

Everything here is so alive. The peaceful energy fills a tired soul and gives it strength to carry on. I close my eyes and smile, feeling one with the nature around me. Tranquil. Fulfilled.

I take my husband’s hand, his calloused fingertips embracing mine. I slip my sandals from my feet revelling in the scrunch of sand between my toes.

The tide is out. Our dog bounds around us in joyful abandon, chivvying us towards the waters edge where she plunges into the gently rolling waves.

For a little while we walk in a comfortable silence, taking in the gentle shush of waves against the sand and the eerie moans of grey seal on a distant shore.

I am content. I am with the man I love, in a place that satisfies my heart. I am home.

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Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
1 year ago

Nice story. You paint a pretty picture of a loving couple and a tranquil scene (provided of course, an irate golfer doesn’t slice his drive onto the beach).

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

I really enjoy reading each and every story. So many amazing styles; they tell us a lot about the writer too. I find in this story, a home of happiness and contentment. A lovely story.
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Last edited 1 year ago by Eric Radcliffe
Orlando Sanchez
Orlando Sanchez (@orlando-sanchez)
1 year ago

Vivid and poignant. Thank you Carrie for sharing this.

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Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson (@callum-wilson)
1 year ago

This is such a warm and delicate story. It makes me feel so calm. I really like it 🙂

musing mind
musing mind (@musing-mind)
1 year ago

I love the way you have emphasized the importance of being at home with the person you love. There is nothing more satisfying than that. Loved your story.

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Eden Pela
Eden Pela (@eden-pela)
1 year ago

Yes, a very well done story. I like the embodiment of home in the persona’s husband and nature. Nature really is home. Keep it up!

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
1 year ago

A beautiful story, Carrie, and it leaves the reader feeling content, too, reflecting on all the things that make us feel ‘at home’.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

A very English scene, beautifully described. Amused by the hint of industry in the picture – we have lots of sparsely populated beaches up in the North, half with castles, and half with semi-industrial views.

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Cynthia Snell
Cynthia Snell (@cynthia-snell)
1 year ago

I liked this. Love doesn’t have to be extravagant or ostentatious. It can be just like this: simple, sweet and pure.

musing mind
musing mind (@musing-mind)
1 year ago

Congratulations!

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Well done Carrie in reaching third. You must be very proud. A lovely story.

Pragya Rathore
Pragya Rathore (@pragya-rathore)
1 year ago

I always envy any writer who can evoke a heartfelt emotion in the reader, and you reminded me of the swings we used to play on when we were children. This was a beautiful story about the true meaning of home. The last lines were calming, and the descriptions of nature you’ve added throughout the story make it a soothing and enjoyable read.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
1 year ago

What a delight to hear this story read by you, the author! It adds even more depth and poignancy to an already lovely story. I closed my eyes and listened, imagining the scene. I could almost smell the sea air and hear the buzzing of the bees dipping into the flowers. I don’t know about everyone else, but I think having these stories read aloud is a magnificent addition to Voice.club. Thank you!

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Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
1 year ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

It must be a lot of work to complete a recording like this. I’m so glad to hear that you’ll be recording some more of your stories. I hope you’ll do Mischievous Mab – that would be lots of fun to listen to!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Hi, Carrie. I love it. I love how you define home and you picture out a very loving couple full of satisfaction and contentment.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

I agree. Congrats on this wonderful craft. Hope to read more from you.

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