What is an authentic home? In looking at the definition of authentic below (see the end of the post), we can deduce that, in a word, an authentic home is real. Does your home feel authentic to you? Are you comfortable in it, and does it offer comfort to others?
I am reminded of a purchase I made yesterday. In a shabby chic sort of store, I searched for something to catch my eye, something to speak to my heart. I wanted something that would slightly alter and enhance my home.
Mostly I saw things that wouldn’t stand alone. They were attractive in their settings, but not something I really wanted at home (well, there was that framed picture that said, “Eat Cake for Breakfast” but I don’t care for art that tells me what to do). And then I saw it: a red vintage umbrella. The handle was wooden, it worked beautifully, it was red, and it was raining outside. Yay! I had almost bought an umbrella a few weeks ago, but it was . . . well, let’s just say it was not Made in America (it broke when I opened it). It was “cheaper” than the red umbrella in every way, and had I bought it, way more expensive.
I chose the authentic umbrella, just as I choose an authentic home. Any time I can substitute wood for plastic, fresh for canned, a walk in the woods for floor exercises, my child singing in the shower for radio music, denim for polyester, shoe laces for Velcro, viewing the currently running Jan Brett art exhibit in Fort Collins vs. an intelligence-insulting matinee, lounging in a home-crocheted afghan on a second-hand leather couch rather than wrapping up in, and sitting on, new micro-fiber monstrosities, cotton diapers to replace paper/plastic sweat wrappers, homemade biscuits dripping with butter instead of Styrofoam with a stingy (thank God) bit of margarine . . .
You’re thinking this all sounds like too much work, and too time consuming? What are you doing that’s more important, more satisfying, than authenticating your home, your life, your soul?
Definition of authentic in English:
- He is in no doubt that the document is an authentic copy of the original.
- In recent years, Disney’s park designers have filled the place with what look like real antiques, genuine artifacts, authentic junk.
- A letter should have been sent to confirm that the references were genuine and authentic,’ he said.
- These hotels and restaurants did all they could to recreate all that is authentic in traditional Kerala cuisine.
- The restaurant ensures that Mangalorean cuisine is made and served in its traditional and authentic form.
- The crowd then made their way back to the High Cross Inn where they celebrated St Patrick s Day with traditional music including authentic bag pipe playing.
- The written word persuasively conveys the authentic ring of reliable authority in a way the recollected spoken word does not.
- It’s based upon an authentic story that happened in the ’20s and ’30s.
- Earlier an unnamed assistant editor had emphasised ‘the need for publishing absolutely accurate and authentic information’.
- Hence, he argues that the appropriate mode for authentic human existence is the personal.
- For Heidegger, authentic existence begins from self-understanding.
- As such, for Heidegger, an authentic existence requires as its precondition a radical and not received experience of the past.