To have a home a home must be defined. There is a challenge in defining a lifestyle of your own while having come from a childhood & adolescent home that can’t be changed. How you think of a dwelling place will define its feel to you, to outsiders, and even others living in the home. The overcoming of the habit of living within a certain group when a change is made can make it very difficult to adapt to a changed or new group. And it’s not the just people involved. One becomes accustomed to and dependent upon all the inanimate objects and small (or large) touches that have been a part of life in a certain place and with certain people and are part of the definition of home. When the home place or the home people change, whether for positive or negative reasons, there are, necessarily, changes in people and things to assimilate into your thinking. I wonder if it may be easier to change homes if the home is carried primarily in the self – partial or open walls would not be as much a liability to those who open themselves to others. Others more insular might find the ducks’ home way too open to the elements and to ‘neighbors.’ Choosing and maintaining a home is hard work if satisfaction and pleasure in your surroundings is your goal. But regardless of open or closed, self-knowledge or not, there’s no place like home. Would you rather choose your home or have wherever you lay your hat be your home?