We just returned from a trip that included my high school class reunion. One of the most common questions was “Where are you living?” We all graduated from the same school, but have moved to various parts of the world. I got many smiles and exclamations of “really” when I said I lived in Las Vegas. When I invited one lady and her husband to visit us, she replied “That sounds nice, but we never stray far from the homestead.”
Steve and I have had many homes. Job opportunities gave us the incentive to move about every five years or so during our marriage. We welcomed the moves and explored our new surroundings with hope and thoughts of never moving again.
New places gave us new places to explore. Not only did we have to find food and clothing stores, we needed to know the school systems our sons would attend. We did what “we” thought was right as parents. Our sons may have a different opinion.
Looking back, I am glad we have moved many times. We do not have a “homestead.” There is no one place we are attached to. A house is a house. A home is what we choose to make it wherever it may be.
My parents had a homestead. I still remember the day we drove by the place that used to be my home when I was growing up. There was nothing there. No one told me the house was gone. “Why didn’t someone tell me the house was gone?” What happened? When? Things like this are not supposed to happen.
Steve’s parents had a homestead. We had so many fun times there. Although 16 years have passed since we last entered the place when Mom passed away, I remember every detail of that house. A few years after it was sold and occupied by someone else, we drove by for “old times sake.” They had painted sections of the lovey white house!!! They cut down Dad’s beautiful roses!! They did not even mow the lawn properly!!! To me it seemed so wrong. After I sputtered for a few minutes, Steve gently reminded me that the house didn’t belong to us anymore. Now we just don’t “drive by” previous residences.
Having a homestead is wonderful if that is how life works out for you. Moving can also be great if that is how life works out for you.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the idea of moving? Or do you like staying put and having people come to the homestead?
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