In Spanish, querencia describes a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home. It comes from the verb querer, which means to desire, to want.
We know where we feel most at home. Our bodies tell us, if we listen. There are certain seasons during such we feel more at ease. Certain times of day when we feel safe and more relaxed. Certain climates. Terrain. Even the clothes we wear make us feel more at home.
~ Georgia Heard, Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way
Georgia Heard is a poet, writer, artist, and teacher. Her book, Writing Toward Home, is a travelogue from Hawaii to Oklahoma, and everywhere in between. She has done a great deal of work making poetry accessible to children. She challenges all of us to find poetry both inside us and in the outside world. Check out her other books at: http://www.georgiaheard.com/
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