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It's funny how something like that can sound so dismal and depressing, but something so important and positive. Why does there always need to be something? Sometimes it's perfectly adequate, if not more desirable, to be nothing. Or to simply just be.
We needed to vacate the house for a few hours this afternoon so the owners could find suitable tenants to take over our lease so that we could move on to greener pastures (literally, eek!). So we did what any sensible folks with four young children would do. We drove an hour, in the -5 degree weather, to go pay our future homestead a visit. Nope, we don't have any keys to the house, nor can we do much aside from sit in the car, or better yet, freeze our keisters off sitting outside the car, and dreaming the sweet, sugar glistening dreams of those who are finally on track to start living their lives (which mostly means those that are celebrating the fact that they will no longer have to scrape chicken crap off their garage floor as part of guest preparation). The house has been under going some surprise renovations this month, so we can peek in the windows and see what progress has been made. We were actually in it last weekend and did a walk through to see what had been done, what still needed to be done, and how completely fabulous it was to realize that even when this house looked a little, well, 'loved' when we first trotted our farm sick selves through, we truly loved it and saw it for what it could and would be (and not the fact that some how it had ivy growing from the outside of the house into the livingroom...), and now that all of the things we thought we were going to have to bandage up and kiss better for it are being done for us, we love it even more.
How can one love a house, let alone one they don't even know? I think because houses neither physically speak, nor are able to obviously hint at their feelings, that they've been granted the power of exuding feeling. With all their histories, the years they've stood watch over their growing and changing families, and the feelings that have been expressed inside their walls, they are able to process all of these energies, times, emotions and release them in their own unique way. This unique perfume of feeling is then either appealing to others, or it isn't. Maybe some time of house pheromones, if you will. This house definitely appeals to us, on a very primal level at that, and I can only hope that we appeal to it in kind. We hope to have a happy relationship with this home for many, many years. It has truly made all the waiting, all the farm disappointment, and all the Barnheart worth while.
While we were up there we enjoyed the few inches of crisp white snow that had already fallen into a tidy blanket of winter on the ground ( as we have no snow in town an hour away) and the most beautiful sound I'd ever heard (or not heard). Nothing. Sweet, wonderful, clear, nothing. No local traffic, no train, no partying neighbours nextdoor. Nothing. It was as pure and crisp as the winter snow, and as cozy and heart warming as the blanket it immitated.. It might sound silly, or even frivolous to some, but even though we have lots (and lots, and LOTS!!!) of plans for that acre, and no doubt will be making a fair bit of noise (sorry new neighbours, I really am!), I am really looking forward to nothing. To taking some well deserved time to just be.
Maybe this is how people go about finding themselves? If you 'be' long enough, you just might come knocking? If so, I can only hope the person I think I am, and the person I strive to be, are the people on the other side of that proverbial door.