How the BBC Series “Call the Midwife” Shared the Most Poetic Sentiment of Home


The closing lines of a season two episode of the BBC series is the quintessential idea of what we want home to be.

Here at Coldwell Banker, we are champions of home. It’s at the core of what we do and we love showcasing the real value of a home. We love sharing stories of how others express the same feelings of home that we have, but recently I came across what might be the most poetic and quintessential statement about home in the most unlikely of places – a British TV series on Netflix about birthing babies.

The BBC One series, Call the Midwife , is the show I’m referring to. I know. Not what you would expect a sports enthusiast and Star Wars obsessed male in his late 30’s to be watching. But I do travel a lot and when I’m away my wife likes to indulge on more female-oriented programming that we typically don’t watch when I wield the remote. So I recommended she watch Call the Midwife  on Netflix when I was away for a week in January. Turns out she found it highly addictive and enjoyed touching and emotional storylines revolving around a group of midwives in England back in the World War II era.

Upon my return from travel, I discovered that this series has a ridiculous amount of episodes and my wife was not able to complete it during my trip. Therefore, I would now be subjected to enduring a few of the remaining episodes. I’ll admit there were a few interesting ones, but mostly I just laid down on the couch playing Marvel’s Contest of Champions on my iPhone while my wife was emotionally moved at each episode.

That was until the end of the 7th episodes of season 2. I can’t even tell you the plot line of that episode, but each one typically ends with the central character narrating her thoughts. And herein lies one of the most beautiful and truthful thoughts about home that I’ve ever come across:

Home is not simply a mark upon a map any more than a river’s just water.
It is the place at the centre of the compass from which every arrow radiates,
and where the heart is fixed.
It is a force that forever draws us back or lures us on.
For where the home is, there lies hope.
And a future waits.
And everything is possible.

I love this thought. It captures everything we know and hope for home to be. As a father of 4 boys, it’s what I want them to feel about their home – that it draws them back as a place of comfort, but also propels them to a hopeful future.

The idea that “everything is possible” at home is the most powerful statement for me. Home is where dragons are slayed, space adventures are chartered and dreams of what’s to come are infinite. It’s where winning an Oscar, hitting a walk- off home run, or becoming an astronaut are within reach. Home shapes us, mold us and then sends us onward to make one for ourselves.

Home is a destination adorned with memories and love, and it’s what we do every day. Just ask a Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty agent and they’ll tell you how honored they are to play a small role in helping people on a journey to find of home of their own.