When I relocated to Virginia I left something very precious to me behind…my house! Now it’s nothing special, in writing and it’s for sale!!!!! I’ve lived there for almost 17 years and it most certainly is something special to me!
About a week ago my wonderful real estate agent Kathy Byerly told me that there was a family that wanted to rent my house for a few months! Great news….money I can most certainly use! A family with two girls and two dogs, they will use the walls for a few months. So why do I get a golf size lump in my throat when I think of someone else living in my house?
This house as become very much a part of me. 2776 Zion Rd was the first and only house Courtney has known. I can still see her taking her first steps in the doorway of my bedroom. She spent hours swinging on the swing set from 3 years old to 15! She used the kitchen to practice her tap, ballet and jazz until annoyance set in with me. (truly, I LOVED IT!)
Lindsay dance existed in the kitchen as well. I still have a picture of her arms around a tree in the backyard when she was 3 1/2. The tree now is full grown, as is she! We made Christmas cookies in the kitchen, colored Easter eggs at the dining room table and she hung posters of 98% in her bedroom! Of course having her high school graduation party in the backyard was a memory not soon forgotten!
Last summer I had a new beautiful sliding glass door installed leading to our deck! A few summers ago I created a “beach” area off the deck complete with a lazy swing and fire pit. (got the idea from my cousin Lisa in Atlanta as did the margarita recipe!!) The girls and I spent lots of time there! I’ve resided the house and installed central air.
This house atop a hill is just wood, glass, brick and vinyl…so how did it become human? Surely Lindsay, Courtney and I will take a part of this house with us! We’ve had the talks that I treasure which shaped our relationships within these walls, the 3 of us religiously would pile on my bed to watch Saturday Night Live until our eyes grew heavy, I’ve shoveled snow from this driveway more times than I can count, I’ve spent countless hours tending to my perennial and herb garden, I planted the rosebush my Mom gave me in the corner of the fence, I listened to song after song of Jimmy Buffet on my iPod atop my John Deer riding lawn mower, Mac, Wendall, KayKay, Gidget and Zoe found resting place there and I’ve warmed myself by the real wood burning fireplace night after night during the cool Michigan winters.
I hope the family who will rent this place feels the warm and specialness it has lived. Just a house right? Lindsay and Courtney and me…..HOME! Take a look around!