Friday, December 24, 2010

This Old House




Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me...

The old house...the house we've had on the market since July...was finally sold, and yesterday, Hubs and I headed into the title company to sign the paperwork.

The buyers are actually closing next week, but we'll be out of town - so an early trip was necessary to cross all the i's and dot all the t's - or however it goes....

After we left the title company, Hubs and I headed to the old house one more time...our arms were piled with keys, garage door openers, and paperwork - I had made a file box of necessary appliance instructions, warranties, etc - and we wanted to leave all of our goodies on the kitchen counter for the new owners.

And we wanted to do one final walk-through...to say goodbye.

As I walked through the empty house - my mind was flooded with memories: of the children growing up, of friends coming by, of the pets scampering across the floors...of birthday parties and Christmas parties and family picnics in the backyard...

...memories of scraped knees and broken arms and upset tummies...

...images of family discussions and important decisions and life-changing moments...

...celebrations of good news, supporting each other in bad news...

...all happening within the four walls of the house we built many years ago...

Is it strange to be so attached to a house? Is it weird to get all choked up and cry a little when it was time to shut the door for one final time?

Goodbye, house. We loved you.

A new family will be taking care of you now...

And may they bless you and you bless them - as much as we were blessed.

Peace.

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2 comments:

Terri said...

Nope, I feel like you about our house. Where are you moving to?

Drama Queen said...

Sigh...it's confusing...here's the scoop:

The house we just sold, we built in 2000, and was in Lee's Summit...

In Dec. 2009, we bought the house in Lake Winnebago, which is where we are now. BUT - we had to do some remodeling to the old house - and didn't get it on the market until July.

Then, in July 2010, we bought the house in Florida.

So - we've had the HORROR of owning 3 houses the last few months - which means 3x insurance, utilities, taxes, etc.

We're now back to two - our "summer" house at the lake, and our soon-to-be winter house in Florida.

Confusing? Yes. I feel like I'm playing Monopoly and buying up properties!