Such a simple yet complicated question. So much so that anyone truly living the expat life will rarely ask that of another expat. We tend to go for safer questions….
“Where are you from?” or “Where did you grow up?
I completely consider Cork my home now. At least I think I do. Until I consider things like:
I just spent three weeks at ‘home’ for our summer holiday.
We sometimes consider moving ‘home’ one day. Maybe.
Come to think of it, many of my Irish friends who I have known for the better part of 10 years would probably consider NY to be my ‘home’ if asked.
The Oxford Dictionary defines home as “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household” so Cork is my home. However, it also goes on to define home as “a place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates.” So argument can be made that NY is certainly my home as I originated there. However, I like to believe I am flourishing in Cork…
Even on literal, academic level the definition of ‘home’ for an expat is unclear. There really isn’t a straight answer to the question. Depending on the context and the day ‘home’ changes.
Perhaps the best answer to the question for me is both.
Where do you call home?