My grandparents lived in their house for forty years. They have lived in their current one for twenty. My in-laws lived in theirs for thirty. I wonder what it would be like to settle into a place that is home. Where every corner holds memories, each piece of furniture remembers laughter and family gatherings, where each knickknack had a reason, has a story. Where the gardens grow in beautiful tandem each year, naturally knowing their place, the roses reaching up over the heads of grandchildren. Where neighbors wave and remember the day (“Where did the time go?” we’ll laugh) when we…. Neighbors and children and life in a home without worrying about moving when the rent goes up. My goodness, this is exciting. We have owned homes before but none will ever be so received with as much gratitude as this one.
We walked through the house (which looks remarkably from the outside like our Kiowa house) and felt the presence of family. The house was tended to with such love for the past sixty plus years. A grandmother certainly lived here. The house sings of the perfect grandparents’ house. Lines inside the hall closet note growth of children. The kitchen waits for sizzling pans and glasses of wine with friends. Or coffee at the kitchen table. The wood stove boasts proudly in the living room. Each room with original wood floors. The roots cellar stands ready with rows and rows of shelving for canned goods. A busy woman lived here. The front yard has great grandma and grandma’s roses. The ones that towered over me as a child and created large orbs of romantic flowers. They are by the front porch. A chicken coop and large run waits for spring babies. A big front yard, a big back yard waiting for little feet to run across it. Maryjane tries out the tree. The plot is on a corner and is an impressive quarter acre right in the quiet neighborhood. One block from a lake and playground.
A million things could go wrong the fearful part of me proclaims (she is new since last year) but Doug and I look at each other and we know. This is our house. We put an offer on it last night. Is this the house?