going home

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In some ways, I barely recognize the house I lived in when I was 12.

Instead of the simple four walls in a neat box, dormers launch off its roof and angles fetter its corners. It’s shingles are a darker tone. A deck adds an element of luxury I never experienced as a resident.

In others, nothing has changed.

A piece of scrap carpet still softens the cement floor in the living room. The bathroom still has a wood floor and a tub trimmed in exposed sheet rock. Its kitchen still lacks doors on its cabinets. There are always mud footprints across the kitchen floor and a stack of ruffled papers on a desk.

This house will probably always be a work in progress — a masterpiece not yet mastered. That is the fate of many a home of a contractor.

When I was young, it was an adventure. We helped pound nails and oil siding. We got dressed near the fireplace because its heat didn’t reach the back rooms. We were excited at every new development.

When I was a teenager, it was an annoyance. I just wanted lush carpet to sprawl out on and working facets and a house that was like everyone else’s. With six people and only three rooms, it was noisy and messy and full.

Now, it is a refuge. It is refreshing stepping back to this home. In all the upset of it’s constantly morphing state, its walls provide a slice peace. Life is simpler here, without cell phone reception and no TV as a centerpiece to its living room.  It is tucked in the trees off a Montana dirt road. It is set on a hill over a lake. It is always green here, always lush. The air is clean and the night is so still, sometimes I can’t sleep without noise to fill the vacuum.

And tonight, as I listen to the rain on the roof of the newest room added to this house, it still feels like home.



6 thoughts on “going home

    kazg10 said:
    June 18, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I could feel your home as well as see it through your eyes 🙂

      awyman responded:
      June 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Glad to hear. Thanks!

    Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration said:
    June 18, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Wonderful writing. I felt transported. Thanks. 🙂

      awyman responded:
      June 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Thank you!

    Mary said:
    June 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks Alli- I love your writing, beautiful description of your family home

      awyman responded:
      June 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

      That’s sweet of you Mary! Thanks. 🙂

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