Sunday, May 15, 2011
Day #7: Post a picture of your most treasured item....
I really don't treasure any "thing." There isn't anything I have that I wouldn't let go if I needed to. I especially started to feel this way as we struggled to put kids through college-their success was more important. These days, so many things can be replaced and records are electronically stored somewhere!
But, I have an interesting story. About 12 years ago, while spending a summer in Minnesota with family, we took a drive in a small town nearby and saw a falling down house that was foreclosing. We found out when the hearing was, and stopped by to offer whatever we had gotten on our last tax return in cash, not thinking much of it. We got the house! Of course we didn't have any money left to fix it up and didn't live in Minnesota. So, we closed it up for the winter, left the keys with family, and vowed to do what we could on it every summer vacation (we were both teachers, so that gave us about 10 weeks). We worked on it for two years during the summer, and then moved into the town and continued our efforts.
We never had too much spare cash to put into it, and the kids were getting ready for college, so we did everything with the help of a contractor relative. We did all the demolition, rebuilt every wall, helped put in the bathrooms, added a sun room, laid patios and did landscaping. Everything as a family effort.
So, if push came to shove, I would let the house go, but when I visit it (still not completed!) everyday, I look at every stone that was laid, every baseboard that was nailed into place, and all the painting, and building that we did. It was and is a labor of love. And I don't love the house for any other reason but the memories. And I won't give up trying to finish it! And, if I had to sell it, I wouldn't "give it away!" I want to see grandchildren running around the yard!