House for sale.
Good morning from cloudy Vermont! You may remember that our house, Schoolside, is for sale. Yet a strong theme in both my life and my books is a sense of place. What gives? I love our old, beautiful house, with its stained glass windows, large, sunny rooms, and the eleven years of memories it holds for our family. I feel safe and sheltered in Schoolside, like Lucy and her girls do in Peace Cottage. But circumstances change, and what was once a good fit has become difficult and awkward. Now we need one floor living. Now we need the assurance that if something breaks we don’t have to figure out how to fix it, because we neither have the time nor the energy.
When our home sells, we will become renters. No more deep ties to our own piece of earth. How will we create a sense of place? It’s not that hard. Start with shelter. Add safety. Add peace and quiet. Toss in a small, curly white dog, two daughters, and a husband. And sprinkle with a few objects we love–for me, my writing table, picture frames, tea kettle, and my soft ocean blue prayer shawl. And there you have it–home. Place. No roots required.
Think about what place means to you. Then join the conversation. What are your ingredients? Check back next week for another segment of Finding Home.