Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Our first house, that we left four years ago in Oregon, is for sale again.

An old  friend emailed, and we enjoyed peeking at the realtor's web site to see what was the same and what had changed.

I didn't expect Aidan to recognize it, as he was 2 years old when we left, but maybe he's seen enough photos of it here or has a better memory than I imagine, because he immediately said, "Our old house!" and then said, "Is my tree still there?" The tree we planted on his Christening day.

Yes, it was still there. As was the deck Brian built with his little boy. And the container garden beds. And A&deck the retaining wall Brian built, the fence he built, the window boxes he made for me, and the tile floor he put in the kitchen...even the white, scalloped shelf in the bathroom that I was so tempted to take when we left. I still see so much of Brian's work throughout it, but he seemed less fazed by it (and much more interested in seeing how much more it was selling for today).

I wouldn't want to go back (the whole house is only 1060 sq feet), but I still have great affection for that house---for all we learned while tearing it apart and putting it back together, for all the memories made within it, and for all it gave us back in return, namely the freedom to stop teaching for a few years once we sold it...Twoworkingguysso I could stay home with the handy little guy in the above photo, and with this cutie-pie in the photo below today.


I only hope its new owners enjoy it as much as we did.

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