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Home is a feeling – transcendent and evolving over time. Here are our love letters to home.
New York City is a collection of uprooted people. People from all over the world move to NYC, attracted by its electricity and new opportunities. Although these people gradually adopt the coveted title of “New Yorker”, they never let go of the foundations of their identity— formed by the people they’ve met and the places they once lived. While New York may be their physical home at present, the feeling and concept of home is manifested in all aspects of their lives. Home is not here or there, but a fluid, changing feeling of what makes us feel safe, familiar, and comfortable.
LETTER I: PATRIOTISM
JULIANA. SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL.
Superfan Juliana follows every single game played by the Corinthians, a Brazilian football team. Hanging in her room is a Corinthians jersey signed by one of the team’s best players, displayed triumphantly adjacent to a large Brazilian flag. No matter where she is, she will never lose pride for the country that raised her. And she will always celebrate every win that the Corinthians make.
LETTER II: FRIENDSHIP
CARLY. BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
Carly may be living in a time zone five to six hours than most of her friends, but they never fail to pick up her calls and she never fails to pick up theirs. Illuminated with happiness from seeing a familiar face and hearing a familiar voice, digital screens help erase the feeling of physical distance.
LETTER III: STYLE
KAYLA. PARIS, FRANCE.
Leather loafers, an oversized blazer, and a swipe of red lipstick. Kayla embodies the effortless, yet chic and sophisticated qualities of Parisian style— not only expressed through her physical clothing but also through her attitude and personality. She has a certain je ne sais quoi- a saying adopted into English precisely referring to this demeanor that is hard to explain but easy to feel.
Although letters by mail have become outdated and we can reach our past homes within seconds via FaceTime or hours via a plane ride, letters home have become inextricably manifested in our self-expressions. I send a letter home each time I wear my mom’s old silver necklace- the engraved Chinese characters, 吉祥, symbolizing auspiciousness and reminding me of my mom’s constant support. I send a letter home each time I blast “Golden Hour” through my AirPods- reminiscent of suburban drives with my friends, during which sunlight became illuminated by melody.