Have you ever done a drive by of a house you used to live in? I suspect most of us have. I find every time I go to Astoria, Oregon. I have a hard time not driving by the house I used to own. Actually, the only house I have ever owned.
I loved living here. It used to be too painful for me to drive by. It has been 18 years since I moved away. It is only recently that I am able to drive by it. As much as I loved living there- I know that that chapter of my life is over.
I do enjoy the occasional drive by when I am in the area. Today I was showing a friend where I used to live. I got caught gawking. 😳 I quickly explained that I used to live there. With zero hesitation when they asked, if I wanted to come inside. I quickly accepted. We discussed all the changes that had been done to the place.
Surprisingly most of the house was the same. It is a historic home built in 1911 and all the owners have kept the integrity of the house. I did like the changes they made. It even had the same kitchen floors- which I still like- after all these years. They did add a new door to the kitchen giving it more flow restoring it to how it was originally (long before we moved into it).
As much as I loved living there- they are the right people for the home now. They are taking such good care of it. I saw all the work that had done and were doing and know – I could not do that.
Getting the opportunity to stand on the upper balcony again and see that amazing view was such a treat. Being on the porch- sitting on the swing we bought 20 years ago was Amazing. They had just restored the seat. I was surprised at how much joy being there brought me. I was giddy from the experience.
I think getting the opportunity to visit the house was healing for me. I had not wanted to move all those years ago. Life has moved on- I have had many amazing experiences that I wouldn’t have had if I still lived there. This gives me closure that I needed.
I am getting ready to move again- this was a good reminder – that even if moving isn’t the path you want. Sometimes amazing things happen as a result. I look forward to seeing what life has in store for me!