.....love the one you're with. And yes, we're talking real estate here.
As I unpacked all of our stuff in our new home, it occurred to me that this house did not have exactly what I hoped for in terms of a kitchen. Granted, the house has everything else we need or want: a huge fenced yard, big rooms, extra porches, fireplace, hardwood floors......and it's just two doors away from my parents who need help now and again. That last piece alone has reduced our daily stress to a very manageable level because we can be there when they need us.
But c'mon, how do you cram a 17'x13' kitchen, with all the accompanying flotsam and jetsam that accumulates (have you ever heard my "Bigger Purse Theory?") into an teeny, tiny 8'x7' galley kitchen?
You prune. You toss. You agonize over the salad spinner. Does it matter that you have not used it in 3 years? No? Sure you may use it (someday).
So, you prune, sort, donate, and get on with it.
I often work with buyers who want everything exactly as they dreamed. And I am here to tell you, there is nothing wrong with dreaming, but we also need to be realistic. Perfection is a frame of mind, not a place. We can adjust and find something that will BECOME perfect if there are enough other things RIGHT with the house.
What I learned is that we get along very nicely in our new, smaller kitchen. We adapted, and have started to love it. Everything is close by. I can actually FIND THINGS and SEE the stuff stashed in my cupboards. Huh.
It's not what you get in life, it's how you handle the stuff you get. So I'm gonna love the one I'm with, and just get on with life.