Small Town Simple

The Simplicity Adventures of a Mother and Daughter

Loving Home

Small Town Simple

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”  Sarah Breathnach 

Most of us connect to our homes in an emotional way.   Typically, our homes ground us due to loved ones that reside with us or those that pass through our portals , memories these loved people provide and, of course, our possessions.  Our homes are our safe zone, our retreat from busy worlds.  They shelter us and nourish us.  These homes of ours come in many shapes and sizes – big or small, owned or rented.

And I will be honest, it has taken me a while to love my apartment the same way I loved the house I previously owned.  I had spent 10 years turning my 3/2/2 into a home that really described my personality and one that I found great comfort in.  And I believe I accomplished that.  But the beauty of life is that it sometimes changes, a new path opens up and we must decide to take or not take the opportunity.  In my case, I chose the new opportunity.  With that change I decided that this current moment in my life does not include home ownership.

My apartment is older and comes with a few quirks.  But because of the simplicity of renting, Buddy and Kevin fix anything that suddenly breaks (they even hang curtains for me!!) and the lawns are routinely mowed and it isn’t me!! I have found a new joy in this simplicity.  I can walk through the door and know that this small space is currently my home.  I have filled it with the most loved of my possessions that bring me joy.  But not too many!  I chat with my neighbors as we come and go.  Actually, I greet more neighbors now than I previously did in my former home.  I am grateful every day that I am close to help Lauren with her little family.  My rambunctious little grandson comes over frequently to play.  And he does not care if I own or rent, if my place is big or small.  I realize that I am loving home.

xo, Carolyn

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