The boys and I read a wonderful and fun book called, The Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. It’s about a man, Mr. Plumbean, who lives on a street where all the houses look the same, very neat and tidy, until one day a bird drops a can of orange paint on his house creating a big orange splot. When pressed to repaint it, he ends up painting his house an explosion of designs and colors, not at all what his neighbors expected or hoped. And when asked to explain himself, he says, “My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.”
This pretty much sums up how I feel about my house. While there are no orange splots and crazy painted explosions, I did choose colors (for the inside), and colorful flowers for the outside, and I absolutely understand and relate to Mr. Plumbean. I love being at home in my house, and it looks like my dreams.
Diego and Isaac had just turned 3 and 1 years old when we moved into our house. I’ve watched those two little guys become big boys in this house. It’s the first home we bought and could make changes to without permission. It’s the only home Justus has ever known. We chose the colors and painted the walls (my hubby did an excellent job,) we added shelving, I made (!) a roman shade for the kitchen window, we worked on our yard and truly invested in this house to make it our dream home. “My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.”
But now, it’s time to think about creating new dreams. We put our house on the market, and I’ll admit I’m sad. We live on a Mayberry-type street. Our neighbors are wonderful, always there when we need them to fix a bike chain, borrow a cup of sugar, and hang out with while watching our kids play together. I think I’m in denial that we have to leave them. It’s going to be hard to leave a place I’ve grown to love, neighbors and friends that I cherish, and a house that is such a comfortable home for us.
But, I know that God has a special home for us in the next place, a new adventure and I’m excited for it, too. I’m looking forward to a new opportunity to find a new place and work to create a house where “My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.”