Losing a home is such a hard thing to deal with under the best of circumstances, but when you lose it later in life it can be truly devastating -- give your dad a hug for me! We had our home insured for replacement value after we fenced in the backyard, so when it came to rebuilding we used our insurance and they abrogated the cost to the furnace company. The only thing we have been dealing with is the ptsd left over from watching the first house burn down. And you are so right about needing a sense of belonging to feel whole. I grew up in a small town in Wyoming and couldn't wait to move away -- we moved to Scottsbluff, and then to Omaha and have lived here for more than 30 years; I tell my husband Scottsbluff is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there! I like cities b/c neighbors mind their own business, and I am still enough of a wild child to not want everyone knowing everything I do!
This world would be a better place if we concentrated on making life better not only for ourselves, but for our fellow earth inhabitants, sadly, I really don't see that anymore. Thank you for your comment!