I had the most extraordinary thing happen a few weeks back. The sort of thing that I really didn’t think happened anymore. I got a letter in the mail from the lady who grew up in this house. Her dad built it, and her family is the only one who ever lived in it, before us. She wrote the most charming letter telling me a little history of the house…how there used to be a farm down the road close enough to hear the cows lowing…
…How the road out front used to be a dirt road, and originally the house was painted pink so it wouldn’t looks so bad from the dust from the road. (I shudder to think my “pink” problems could have been soooo much worse than I ever knew!) She told me how she remembered helping, as much as a five year old can “help”, her dad lay the parquet floors. Talk about learning some serious jigsaw solving skills at a young age!
She shared several fun little facts. Things like, that red carpet (think Santa Clause) that used to be in my living room apparently was her mom’s attempt at doing something different than the greens and pinks that were so popular in the 50′s. I had to smile. I have to love the spirit behind that red carpet, even if I’m ever so thrilled it’s gone. After all, I rather like different a bit myself.
She had heard from the neighbors that we had been working on the house (uh-oh)…did I have any pictures? (Oooh, I don’t know, I might could find one or two. Ha!) Did I mind sending her and her mom some? (Now I’m getting nervous.) They would love to see how the house was looking now. And then I got really nervous. What if they didn’t like what I had done? Change can be hard, not everyone likes it…especially if it messes with our good memories.
But, I sent the pictures to them anyway. They had left their home, their stories, their memories in my hands…and I thought that was the least I could do.
And then I waited, fully expecting no response…or worse yet, a disappointed response. But that wasn’t what I got. That same charming voice responded with, gasp, unmistakable delight! She actually liked all the changes! Then she told me they had been so nervous and sad to sell it. They were so sure someone would come in who wouldn’t see all its character and would’t love it like they had…but she could see now she really hadn’t had anything to worry about after all.
I guess I really hadn’t had anything to worry about either…I should have known that people who have written their story in a home with hard work and creativity, would be able to appreciate the sequel. Quirky little details…
…paint, and mismatched imperfections are just the punctuation.
The story is pretty much the same now as it was 55 years ago. I never expected to know anything more about this place than what my imagination could come up with…but now that I do, I think I’m blessed more than ever with my cozy little home.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s post for all the juicy details of this room re-do! (Updated 1/22/14 THIS post outlines how this room was done on a tight budget)
Proverbs 24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
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