I miss my house. Most of the year I’m amenable with our downsizing lifestyle. It’s a luxury to be able to close the door and take off without any thought of mowing the yard, shoveling snow, or electrical failure. But when the holidays roll around, I miss my house and all that came with that rambling old homestead. We spent over 20 busy years there, raising our three sons. Mr. Smith sanded, stripped, painted, and wallpapered every square inch of the place, creating a lovely home from a diamond in the rough.
I reveled in decorating for the holidays. Trees, garlands, Santas, angels. I would spend a week transforming the place, devoting one night each to the dining room, living room, kitchen and TV room. Mr. Smith would hang fragrant fresh garland and lights on the outside. It was a wonderful Christmas house, lots of bedrooms and plenty of space for everyone.
I miss being the hostess queen. I loved planning the meals, treats and activities, as well as dinner parties for family and friends using Christmas china and candles, and bottles of wine and great company. One year for Christmas, my son Elliot gave me a dinner party journal in which I would record the menu, the wines, the company and seating charts. I was able to document the table decorations and party favors.
Perhaps it’s because of all the changes this year that I find myself particularly melancholy. The loss of family members, moving and leaving a job have left me at loose ends. And it’s the end of the year and time to reflect on things you’ve done and things you’ve left undone. Goals reached and projects left undone.
Luckily Mr. Smith and I have a bit of yin and yang in our relationship. When I start to look at the past through rose-colored glasses (that old house had its issues), he’ll remind me how much our life has expanded by letting go of the past. It’s easy to think all would be perfect if we were back there, but it’s our todays that we should value and so I will.
C’est la vie.