November 17: This Old House
I am very grateful for the home in which I live, complete with fireplace to warm my toes on nights like this. I am embarrassed to admit, however, that I have not always been so thankful.
I am sure you are familiar with the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, one of my all-time favorites. In that movie, George Bailey is finding it difficult to see any blessings in his life. His business is sinking, he may very well go to jail, and his ever-growing family is living in a drafty old house. In fact… he wishes he had never been born.
After meeting Clarence the angel, however, George realizes that his life is not so bad. When he returns to his dilapidated home his paradigm has changed. The loose banister is no longer an eye-sore but a unique oddity that makes the old house his home.
Our house is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. We moved here in 1995 and much of the main living area remains exactly the same: outdated wallpaper – worn out carpet – 1970s cabinetry and linoleum. My mom lived with us for a short while in 2006 and fell down the stairs. She was unhurt, but she left two rather large footprints in the drywall at the foot of the stairs. Those still remain.
But you know what? This house is a home. All three children have (hopefully) fond memories here. We look forward to holiday celebrations around the same dining room table every single year. My granddaughter does not see the decor – she only feels the love.
So yes, I am thankful that I have a roof over my head – heat to keep me warm – food to keep me fed – clothes to protect me – and a house that I can call a home.