our house is full of boxes, even after we've hauled almost 500 boxes of various sizes to storage in our new home town. all the decorative items that made our house "ours" are packed away, as are the souvenirs of trips we've made and things that remind us of our life as a family here. we can begin to picture another family living here, and our minds have shifted from thinking of this as "our" house to realizing that soon someone else will occupy it.
despite the depersonalization of this home, it is still warm and protective, a safe haven, as it has been for us for the past thirty years. i recall our first look at our home when the realtor unlocked the door for us. when we walked through that front door, we knew immediately that this was "our" home. everything about it welcomed us, and we knew our search for a house was over.
as i sit thinking about this wonderful piece of architecture, my mind goes to the new owners and what i would say to them about how much this home has meant to us. it has embraced us, it has made us better people. the architect and the first owners who worked together more than fifty years ago to create this place must have "gotten" each other, and the spirit of their collaboration lives on in the home they created. we are the third family that has called this "home", and in a couple of weeks a fourth family will move in.
i hope that the new family will find the joy in living here that my wife and i and our two children found. i hope that they will sense the warmth that their new home generates. i hope that they will look forward to coming into this home at the end of each work day and feel that it their refuge, as it has been ours. we will be sad to leave, but we know that it is time for others to enjoy this house as we have. we looked at many, many houses in our new home town before we found one that spoke to us as this house spoke to us thirty years ago when we walked through the door that first time. we are excited to find such a home there, and, as with this home, we knew as soon as we walked in that it was the right home for us.
may everyone find such a place to live, a home that embraces them and comforts them, a home that protects them--not only from the elements but also from the vagaries of life in this world. may those who have no place to live find shelter and peace. may we all work until there are no homeless, no hungry, no poor, until all people find a place to belong. shalom.