I am happy to be participating in Two Writing Teachers' Slice of Life March Challenge. I will be posting every day in March. My students are also participating and you can read their slices on the Classroom Challenge page.
Only have time for a quick slice tonight as I'm taking a break from getting our house cleaned up. Potential buyers are coming to look at it tomorrow afternoon. Every time we go through this process of readying the house, I wonder if this will be the one. We're going to need a special buyer. We live on 5 acres out in the country. Not everyone wants to mow and take care of that much land.
The anxiety always builds as I go through the routine of wiping down sinks and counters, putting away the clutter, dusting and vacuuming. Who will be the next family to own this house? We built it 16 years ago with the intention of growing old here. I always imagined our future grandchildren running around the wrap around porch, or baking cookies with them in the kitchen. Our plans changed and we decided that we no longer really need all of this room. I'll be sad to say good-bye when the time comes.
My friends remind me that the house is the structure that holds the memories. The memories will follow me, and new memories will be made in a different place. For now, I will prepare the house, saying a little prayer that this house that has been our home for the last 16 years will bring joy to another family. It's been filled with lots of love and I hope that the next people who live here will feel that love and create their own wonderful memories.