Monday, May 18, 2009
Home is a place where the members of my little family can be ourselves. Currently, Eamon is sitting next to me, naked but for a diaper, and watching Curious George. We were outside for awhile, but the dog was too hot so we came back in.
Home is a place in which I hope to cultivate many happy memories, both for myself and my husband, but especially for Eamon. Ice cream for dinner on special summer nights, mama-made quilts and clothes, planting our own garden and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables, and always drawing, painting, and creating.
I recently realized that Jes and I have set up home eight times since leaving our childhood homes. Each time, I've packed boxes, scrubbed the old place down, scrubbed the new place down, unpacked boxes, saved some special pieces of family members, sewn or bought new curtains, and had to find new ways to make our house feel like home. Sometimes it's as simple as fresh flowers, other times it's new art for the walls.
We're currently renting, but we have a bid in to buy a house. Unfortunately, it's a short sale, so we have to wait, wait, and wait some more for the bank to either approve or decline our offer. And while it's fun to start thinking of how I can make our next house--which we hope to be in for a long time--feel like home, I still have to keep up our current house. So, while I wait, and dream, and plan, I'll still be cleaning, gardening, and making in this home, for however long that might be.