It feels like a very long time since I’ve been in anyone’s home other than mine. I’ve learnt that it is very possible to be homesick for other people’s homes! But inside my head and in my writing there are lots of familiar places that I like to visit.
One of my favourite picture books is called Grandma’s House by Alice Melvin. It holds little details about all the small things that are always the same about a grandmother’s house, from the point of view of a young girl; from hanging her coat ‘on this hook inside the hall’ to riding the rocking chair ‘as quickly as I can’ to climbing the ladder ‘to my very favourite place’.
Imagine the home of someone that you know very well, but not yours! It could be a grandparent’s, friend, aunt…
Take yourself on a journey through their house, you could close your eyes to help you think about all the little details. Freewrite for ten minutes about what you can see, hear, taste, touch, smell.
Here are some questions to prompt you:
What is the first thing you do when you enter the house?
Is there a particular cupboard full of things which fascinate you?
Are there any treats in the house? If so, what and where?
Where do you like to sit and chat or play?
Are there any good hiding places?
Is there a precious object? What? Where?
Where are you most likely to find the person who lives in the house? What would they be doing?
Do you have a specific memory of the house?