by: Joelle Charbonneau
I don’t know about you, but I’ve come to believe that life is all about looking for the right fit. As kids we spend time doing lots of different activities in a search for the things that interest us and will help us grow into the people we are meant to be. (My son is currently in this stage. This summer alone we did swim lessons, played t-ball and raced up and down the soccer field. He loved them all!)
As we get older we search for the right colleges that will help us develop our interests. We search for friends that will see us through the good and bad times and go on date after date hoping to find the right match to walk through life with.
We shuttle through television shows and books in a quest for those that speak to us. We work job after job hoping to find that which fulfills us. Day by day we continuously are searching. Growing. Changing.
In my life, we are currently searching for a perfect something. For us it is the perfect house. While I love our townhouse, the time has come for us to move somewhere that has space for me to have an office….with a door! (And with a handful of deadlines and an active 4-year old to deal with, moving sounds like a relaxing thing to do, right?) I’m lucky the tot loves the house search. He counts bedrooms and bathrooms (often testing the bathrooms…sigh) and smiles with delight over every interesting detail. (Or not so interesting depending on your point of view. Personally, the large bathtub in the master suite of one house was way too interesting for me.)
During our quest for the right house we have seen bathrooms without doors (I wish I was joking), closet doors wallpapered on both sides, attached garages that have no direct entrance to the house (this apparently was a trend in the 70s?) and décor that belongs in an Austin Powers movie. Fun times.
We also found a house that I love. I think. Today is the day the inspector will go through the house and let us know if it is the perfect fit. If it is, there will be boxes to pack, a piano to move and lots of work ahead.
And if it isn’t so perfect…well, I guess house hunting is a lot like searching for the next great book to read…you have to keep looking until you find the one that speaks to you.
Do you have any great “search for the perfect fit” stories? If so, I’d love to hear them. And if you’ve seen anything crazy while hunting for houses, I’d love to hear those, too!