Thursday, June 8, 2006

Truly Divine Design

We've moved, and I've noticed something strange.

Yesterday, we walked through our old house for the last time. It was empty, but instead of looking larger, the rooms actually looked smaller without furniture. I stood in the living room and thought, "Wasn't this bigger yesterday? What happened?"

I was in charge of locking the door for the last time. I stood on the steps and held on to the key as if there were even a chance that we would change our minds (as if we could... mountains of paperwork say otherwise). Then I dropped the key into the mail slot and said goodbye to the first house I shared with my husband. And immediately became convinced that I'd probably left something very important inside.

We drove across the river. My husband jokingly suggested we offer Crystal City, a part of Arlington which houses Nordstrom and the Pentagon (in order of importance, of course), a three fingered salute (What's a three fingered salute? Create one, then read between the lines. Ha ha). But he was indeed just joking. Virginia had been good to us (we especially thank the Commonwealth for the home equity it gave us to buy our new house. Gracias!).

When we got home, I noticed that the rooms in the new house actually seemed larger WITH the furniture. Doesn't that go against thinking? Empty rooms seeming smaller and furnished rooms seeming larger don't make a lot of sense.

As I thought about it, I realized the furniture represents more than dead trees and upholstery. Every time I pass our dining room table and see the mail or homework papers, I'm reminded that someone I love has passed through and is coming that way again soon. I can look at every chair and remember chatting with someone I care about as they sat in it. Every lamp has illuminated the faces of my friends and family during dinners and parties and casual visits. I realized the rooms of our old house shrank without furniture, because without furniture, and the people we love, the rooms had no life.

I'm going to try and remember the feeling I had yesterday when I'm picking out new nightstands and loveseats and ceiling fans: that clearly, the most important element of home design is fitting in the people.

When I calculate it that way, I'm convinced more than ever that the house I slept in last night is truly and absolutely my dream home.

Cheers to us.


Ekota (kgiff) said...

Congrats on the move. Here's to lots of new memories in the new place.

Dilly Dilly said...

What a great post! COngrats on the move!

Tulips said...

Sniff, sniff. It definitely holds lots of sentimental value as it is your first home together. I got rather sentimental reading this post about not ever seeing that place again.

We made lots of good memories at the old place, and we'll do the same at your fabulous new house!

kerry said...

OH wow - I am all tingly after reading that post :)

Cheers to you and your new home!!!

You will make all new memories in for a lifetime!!