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The Why Of Residence
“After work, he goes to pick up his four-year-old daughter, Tiffany, at the babysitter’s. He puts her in the car, and they drive to their tiny apartment, where, for the first time, Luis is paying rent with honestly earned, clean money. He unlocks the front door, and Tiffany scurries in, down the hallway, and lands in their modest sala. She plants her feet in the living room and extends her arms and takes in the whole room with her eyes. She then declares, with an untethered smile, ‘This… is GREAT.’
He turns and says to me. ‘I thought she was turning white on me.’
He tells me that he lowers himself to her eye level, placing his hands on his knees for support.
‘What’s great, mija?’
Tiffany clutches her heart and gushes, ‘MY HOOOME!’” - Greg Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart
This excerpt from Tattoos on the Heart illustrates the core of the basic human need for shelter—physical shelter from the elements and emotional shelter from anxiety. A residence—regardless of if it is rented, owned, or gifted—provides a place to share food and community, a place to store possessions, a place to relax and rest, and a place to grow roots.
“The house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” - Gaston Bachelard