21 Jan

A house, when it has been lived in a while,
Becomes alive.
It is a living thing,
A breathing thing.
It has a heartbeat.
It holds you in the frame of its bones
And you hold it in the frame of your bones.

A house, when it has been lived in a while
Becomes a home, of course.
Its imperfections are part of its charm
Just as your crooked smile is a part of yours.

A house, when you leave it
May not cry for you
At least, not in any way you can discern.
But you will cry.

That is,
I will cry.

For the warm sunshine deck memories,
For the sweet honeysuckle scent,
For the maydays in bloom,
For the waving poplars beckoning,
For the memories of childbirth,
For sledding and dogs and hot chocolate gatherings,
For the ashes buried umder the flowers,
For the wild strawberries rampant,
For cozy fireside tea,
For hot-on-the-vine tomatoes,
For the neighbours,

For this house.


5 Responses to “Sold”

  1. Nita January 21, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow. I think I will go have a little cry, now, too. Lots of memories…

  2. mom January 23, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    It is a nice house (home) and the nicest neighborhood, it touched my heart when I was in Whitehorse, nice memory! There is sunshine ahead of you. Love you

  3. Marian January 25, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    We’ve moved so many times that I’ve learned it’s the people in the house that make it a home. So many memories in each one. Time to make memories in your new place. *Hugs*

    • fawnahareo January 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

      Yes, that’s true. I suppose that is also a piece of the bittersweetness. I have moments when this divorce process suddenly hits me as so very real. Even though it feels “correct” and necessary, it’s a big change that I never imagined I’d be making.

      Thank you for the hugs! ❤

  4. Colleen January 26, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Best wishes to you and yours. I have great memories of Big Band parties and singing rehearsals. 🙂 More great memories to come, I’m sure!

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