Good bye house
As I sit here in my favorite easy chair, typing away on my laptop in the cool quiet morning, I’m surrounded by cardboard. All of our belongings are safely packed away in various sized cardboard boxes. Our shelves are bare, cabinets empty, and surprisingly there are no toys on the floor. It’s all so weird. We’ve lived in this house for more than 11 years. We’ve brought 4 of our 6 children home to this house to raise them. We’ve watched them grow here inside these walls. Over those 11 years, this physical wooden box we call a house has managed to become a part of us. A place of safety and security. A place of laughter, sadness, of good times and bad.
Today we’ll be leaving that home. I thought it wouldn’t impact me. After all it’s just a house right? Dave Ramsey always advises his audience and readers to never get emotionally attached to house. I’m not sure that’s possible, at least for me. I’ve put a great deal of time and sweat into this home to make it just the way we wanted it. I know this house and know it well. I could turn off our lights to the point of not being able to see at all and safely walk to any place in it with little hesitation. I know it.
But in less than 3 hours, all of the boxes and furniture will slowly be moved out and into a truck to be taken to our new house some 3+ hours away. We’ll be leaving our home behind and it’s sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about our move and look forward to living in our new home in the mountains, but leaving this home behind is emotionally tough. Leaving it behind feels like we’re leaving a part of our family behind. I know that sounds a bit silly, but it’s the way I feel. Maybe I’ve just become too comfortable here.
Since my financial epiphany and since beginning to listen to Dave Ramsey, I’ve always tried to look at our house as nothing more than an asset. A large timber box on some property that provides us shelter and adds to my overall Net Worth. Sitting here in the still of the morning, knowing that this is the last time I’ll writing an article in this home, I realize this house is far more than just a shelter. This house far more than a timber box, but a small part of our family. It’s our home.
We have tons of wonderful memories here. Memories that will go with us to our new home, where I know we’ll create new memories, but that doesn’t really make me feel better this morning. Leaving this home is though. Far tougher than I thought it would be.
Don’t be fooled. If you live in a house, it quickly becomes a home. Once a home, it’s far more than an asset, an investment, or a wooden box. Your home becomes a part of you and you a part of it. I once heard someone say that an empty house has no soul. I fully understand that saying now.
Good bye house. You’ve been a good loyal friend. We’ll miss you. Please be as good to the new family that moves in as you have to us. Shelter them, protect them, and give them good memories. We’ll never forgot you.
Photo by: Menage a Moi