When we built our home and took occupancy in 2007 everything was brand spanking new. Wood floors that shined and had zero scratches; walls and white trim woodwork crisp and fresh; windows that had clean screens and sashes; shiny new appliances .. sparkly new sinks and carpet that showed footprints from being brand new.
of a home and life has been somewhat shaped and modeled after watching
the TV series, The Waltons. I love how there were well worn floors and
painted surfaces; a homey feeling conveyed from the front door to the
attic and on the screened in summer porch off the kitchen.
newly built home suffers from not having any lackluster. When
everything is new and without life's everyday scrapes and bumps, it
holds little character.
Fast forward five years .. a
relatively short time and pull up a chair at the kitchen table. You
will find older furniture with little scrapes and scars from being used
countless times. My table and chairs witnessed the everyday living
beginning with two newlyweds, the arrival of four children, countless
birthday parties, craft projects including paints and glue, and grand
children sitting in a wooden high chair used by our first born.
marches on and wears well on the fabric (and furniture) of everyday
life. Now we have little scrapes and dings in our wooden floors that at
first were troublesome (in my silly head) and now don't seem so
noticeable. Doorways that have worn painted surfaces from countless
little hands holding on for balance. A stainless steel kitchen sink
that has a well worn sheen without notice of any particular scratch.
And appliances that show we have had plenty of good meals served up by
examining how many times they have been wiped, scoured and cleaned.
homes are good for a short season .. but the best part of a home is the
character that is etched on the surfaces from holding on to the
memories of every day life.
Update on my granddaughter: I believe the doctors are trying to ween her off of life support as I type. This is her last hope of recovery. Will keep you posted. Any and all prayer is appreciated.