A realtor friend called not long ago and told me that a house was coming on the market that she thought we’d really like. And even though my wife and I weren’t interested in moving, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at it anyway. So we planned to meet the realtor at the house within the next few days. In the meantime, I drove by the house just to see what it looked like from the street. It was a beautiful two-story brick house with a handsome front entrance. I were eager to look inside.
A few days later we met our realtor at the house, and she opened the front door to the space within. The large foyer in front adjoined the living and dinging rooms. A master bedroom was connected by a pretty tiled porch, and the den overlooked a courtyard paved with old brick.
It was all very nice, but that night my wife and I discussed the house, and we both said the same thing: there was just something about it that didn’t feel right. While the rooms were all very nice and spacious, the house didn’t seem to “reach out” to us. The charm that we were looking for just wasn’t there.
I love spaces – rooms and gardens, the canopy of shade under a large oak tree or a tree-covered street. I love the way that sunlight enters and then leaves a room. Our house faces north, which means that the morning sun first creeps into our bedroom but then in the late afternoon leaves her glow just outside our den’s window. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed the twilight from my desk below that window.
Needless to day, we didn’t buy that house. But I think looking helped us to better understand why we feel comfortable in our own house despite an occasional struggle with some of its inconveniences.
Day 6 Guide
Think about the spaces and places that you most enjoy. These are your retreats and the places where you find vital new energy.
© 2006, Levi Hill