Sometimes a phrase becomes so familiar that we take it for granted.
Phrases like “Home is where the heart is.”
It’s been printed and painted and stitched on lots of samplers.
Just “old hat.”
Or is it?
I wasn’t sure where the phrase originated, so I did a bit of quote researching to make sure it was attributed to the correct person. I honestly figured that nobody knew where that saying came from… Probably just a sentiment written on a sampler from the Victorian era. (An era I love, by the way, for its sentiment!) What I found was that “Home is where the heart is” goes back much farther. It goes WAY back. “Home is where the heart is” is thought to have been uttered in the first century A.D., by the Roman philosopher and historian, Pliny the Elder. Pliny also had a lifelong career in the Roman army and navy, and I wonder if time away from home due to military obligations prompted him to pen the phrase? One of his military deployments was in 79 A.D., when he was stationed in Misenum. There, he lost his life attempting to evacuate the residents of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted. His last notable quote was “Fortune favors the brave,” when he was warned to turn back. That’s what I call a hero.
All that to say that when phrases are old enough,
they are no longer cliché…
They become a CLASSIC.
The idea of Home is not just a sentimental thought…
It truly is where our hearts belong.
Some things just never go out of style.