When a House becomes a Home

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The land is cleared, the hole is dug and the builders throw the bricks and drywall together.  Where trees once swayed in the breeze, now suddenly stands a HOUSE.  The people come, some like what they see and buy the HOUSE.  On moving day the trucks arrive, the boxes pile high, the furniture goes in and the HOUSE is then full.  The lights go on, the meals are cooked and the family comes and goes. 

They tell their friends "we bought a HOUSE" ... "come see our new HOUSE" ... "visit our HOUSE" !

The years go by, time passes and the family grows.  They plant some trees that now sway in the breeze.  But now the HOUSE needs some help ... it's no longer shiny and new.  Repairs, upgrades and paint, more furniture and lots more stuff ! 

Time marches on again, the kids are grown, they leave the nest in the shade of the tree and the HOUSE feels empty.  It's much too big for just mom and dad.  Maybe we should sell the HOUSE, they muse ...  So out comes the paint again, a few more repairs, some expert staging (of course) and the HOUSE is listed.  The "For Sale" sign sits on the lawn in front of the HOUSE.  Potential buyers look at the HOUSE and then suddenly the HOUSE is sold. 

It's time to pack up and leave this HOUSE.  Everyone seems so sad.  Mom just can't bear to leave her old HOME now.  But wait ... when did this HOUSE become a HOME?

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It's not the bricks, the drywall or paint. 

It's not the furniture, books and games.

It's not the laundry, dishes and clutter.

It is truly the memories and treasures of a lifetime of love, sharing and caring that made that old HOUSE a HOME. No wonder it's so difficult to leave behind ...

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Sandi Gerrard

 

 

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Rainer
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Sandi ~ What a great post!  I always think it is the people that make a house a home - not the structure itself. 

Feb 03, 2009 02:31 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

Sandi,

Home is where the heart is! Well written, I enjoyed your post.

Feb 03, 2009 10:18 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Yes, how true, and true too that once you realize it's the memories you realize you can take them with you.  Move your memories to your next home...easier said than done. 

Feb 03, 2009 12:05 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Follow your dreams to the next home...Great post!

Feb 03, 2009 02:25 PM #4
Rainer
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Mike Andruff
RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside - Vancouver, BC

What nice sentiments in this post. It is effective because it invokes our own special memories. BTW, thanks for commenting on my blog recently. I can't believe how Active Rain can stretch one to learn more and meet such great people. Thanks for your insights.

Feb 03, 2009 04:14 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

I would say that a house becomes a home when you are emotionally, not just financially, invested in it!  You made me think about that!  Nice post.

Feb 04, 2009 04:57 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

What a great post Sandi.  It's so true that a home is much more than just bricks and mortar.  Very cute picture too!

Feb 04, 2009 10:17 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

Thanks for the positive feedback on my blog, friends.  My creative writing bug has miraculously reappeared !

Feb 05, 2009 12:44 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Nicola Lindsay
Nicola Lindsay ReDesign and Home Staging - Saint Stephen, NB
CRSS

Loved this Sandi. Miss talking to you all the time too.

Feb 13, 2009 11:51 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

Thanks for stopping by, Nikki.  Hope all is well.

 

Feb 15, 2009 07:13 AM #10
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