house, 2012. 24" x 48". photo and mixed media on Sintra and wood frame

Today I read a wonderful post by Judith A. Ross, Contemplating a Mid-life Migration, regarding all the possibilities before us to find a new place to grow into the next phase of our lives. I have been thinking a lot about this myself lately. What is a home? A house? My father built the house I grew up in and my parents lived in until their deaths a couple years ago. After high school I left home and changed apartments nearly every year until I married 12 years later. Our house here in Concord has been my children's home for almost 20 years.

Yesterday my older son moved to New York City. The other son has settled in South Boston with his girlfriend.

Which comes first: the heart or the home?