for a long time now i have been searching for the right word to name our house. this is not as easy as it sounds. i once even searched through the back section of 'lord of the rings' for one of those beautiful names created by tolkien, like 'lothlorien'.
sounding beautiful was not the only criteria though. at the same time we wanted something less commonly used and of course the meaning had to fit. it had to feel right.
i spent time searching the spanish-english dictionary. although i have never been there, i love everything about the country, its art, food, music and language. i tried to find words for home, or words that described what we know and feel about where we live and what we believe in.
nothing seemed to fit, until recently when i picked up a book at the library called "isabel's daughter" by judith ryan hendriks - an enjoyable read by the way. the story eventually leads to santa fe (a vibrant centre for art ) in new mexico. the main character is given the generous gift of a small adobe hut which once belonged to her artist mother, the first thing she had ever been able to call her very own. the property was named;
'querencia'. (pronounced ke-ren-see-a)
there is no exact translation for the word in english, but these are the definitions i managed to find;
- a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn.
- in spain, it is the place in the ring (the 'corrida') where the wounded bull goes to renew his strength and center himself, ready for a fresh charge.
- a place in which we know exactly who we are. the place from which we speak our deepest beliefs.
- a safe haven, affection, fondness, homing instinct, den, lair, nest, roost, home, sanctuary.
this is the name we have chosen.
although i was originally searching for a house name, it is one we would take with us wherever we go, as it is more about how we feel about our home, than our house.
the next thing will be to design a sign or perhaps make a mosaic to hang out the front.