Norman Corwin — Of course a home without love…

Of course a home without love is just cold real estate…it is a minuscule world.  If it has 10 books, it is partly a library; if three pictures, a little museum; if six tools, a repair shop.  If one big, crowded closet of bric-a-brac, a warehouse.  Whenever a piano or fiddle is in serious use, it is a part-time conservatory.  At mealtime grace, or in answering a child’s question about God, it is a fraction of a church.  In the throes of argument or the heart of discourse, it becomes a court; in sickness it is a field hospital; when you discover old forgotten letters, pictures, souveniers in a trunk or attic, it is a wing of archaeology.  When the kids climb trees, fences, high furniture, or other forbidden obstacles, it is a commando camp…
Norman Corwin (his graphic description of the components of home life)