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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Building A Dream

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computer genius at work, master craftsman at home

I used to dream of all sorts of fantastical things.

When I was young I dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina and then, when I discovered that I did not have the knack for dance, my dream changed to a future as a nurse.

That dream was shattered at the age of six when I hit my brother on the back of a head with a large rock at Waterfront Park (I thought it would make it into the Mississippi River with a brilliant SPLASH! but my strength deceived me) and the sight of his blood caused me to faint, leaving him to his own 5-year-old devices to seek medical attention. Nursing was definitely not in my future.

I wanted to become many things - an astronaut (afraid of heights), a Mouseketeer (too shy), an author (no patience), an illustrator (no talent), a rollerskater (it was my greatest disappointment to learn that this was not a true profession)... the list goes on forever.

I mention all of this because recently I had a blink of a dream that my home could appear in a magazine after reading these words on a blog that I follow:

Would you like your house featured in a magazine? I would. Lucky for both of us, I get to be in this magazine too. It should be fun.

My house is awesome! was my immediate thought. My husband is a master with woodwork and details! Plus, my eldest daughter ElemenoB is bordering on obsession with reading home decorating magazines, so the thought that our home could gain ultra cool status in her eyes was what made me even consider clicking on the link with instructions on how to get your house in the running. Then I started to read the description of the kind of house that they are looking for...

Clean (well, most of the time), fresh (sure, unless a diaper is in need of changing), light-filled (we have lights!) modern (built in 1996, does that work?) sensibility (?) with interesting collections (do Lego Star Wars figures count? Or children?) and a description of some of your HOLIDAY traditions.

I was still feeling semi-hopeful at this point. Until I saw that they also wanted 5 pictures of the inside of our home and their suggestions for areas and rooms to photograph do not exist here. (mantel, staircase, kitchen table with large window behind, etc.)

Isn't it funny how things can be awesome until you start to look at them from someone else's perspective? Well, I decided to quickly dismiss the thoughts that my home was inadequate or unamazing. Because you know what?

For us, our house is perfect. In fact, it is not merely a house, but a home. It is perfectly lived-in and comfortable. The woodwork in our front room and girls' bedroom is one-of-a-kind, lovingly created by my husband's talented hands. Much of the furniture throughout our home is also his workmanship. Every room is simply decorated and filled with evidence of what exists here - a family.

I have no doubt that ElemenoB's future home will be magazine worthy. She has the eye for decorating and color that I was not blessed with. As for our home? I'll be perfectly content with photographs in our memory books.

For now, I have other dreams to pursue. More realistic dreams, like getting my 3-year-old potty trained.

Now THAT would be a dream come true.

11 comments:

Chrissy said...

When I first got this house ( all by myself) I would have wanted it featured in a mag because it represented me...my independence from grief...
Now, I would want my backyard and the different gardens Sara has designed w/of course input from me.. The different areas represent how far I have come not only mentally but physically...

Shannon said...

Is that not the point? Everybody's house is perfectly awesome as long as there is joy, love and comfort in it. I seldom see those qualities bubbling out of magazine photos. Additionally, like Chrissy said - our homes are supreme because they represent who we are (Uh-oh, does this mean I am nothing but dog fur and stray shoes?). Somebody should do a magazine layout depicting what REAL homes look like...REAL, LIVED IN, TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD types of homes (Mr. Z would be the perfect photographer for that kind of work). I imagine your home to be ragingly beautiful Gerb - not because of the lovely woodwork or the decorating style, but because of the sheer awesomeness that drips from the family and love that you have around you.

Corine said...

From what I have seen of your home on your blogs - your husband get's an A++!!! ...definitely magazine worthy. Enjoy the dream come true. :D

FabuLeslie said...

Roller skating is not a real profession? I have 2 words for you: Austin Rollergirls.

It's never too late!

YogaSavy said...

I love houses where one does not feel scared to sit and relax. The houses I see in the magazines are simply for show. A house needs to reflect the people living in it. Be it fill ed with happiness or sadness. Yours is just that filled with you and your families personalities.

Sue said...

I think your house sounds lovely. There is nothing I like better than hand-crafted woodwork and furniture. That magazine would be lucky to have you!

=)

Richard & Natalie said...

Gerb,
If the love and respect that exists in a home could be photographed, your home would be on the front cover.

Good luck with the potty training. I'm headed down that same road very soon and I'm not looking forward to the trip.

WomanHonorThyself said...

heh good luck with the potty trainin! :)

Lori said...

That woodwork is gorgeous--your husband is one talented man. How much would he charge for a trip to VA? ;)

I love that you have found worth and beauty in your own nesting place (because those attributes you mentioned are the important things), but don't sell yourself short...others would, too. Looks like it's a beautiful home, Gerb.

Farscaper said...

I love homes that are homes. Comfortable, full of people and favorite things. Smells of favorite foods, perfumes, crayons etc.. Current projects, homework, plans laying here and there in mid completion.

Show pieces are what people have when their kids grow up and move out and they don't know what to spend their money on.

If I go to someone's house where I know they have young children.... if their place is perfect I wonder what's wrong with them. How strict are the parents? I'm not saying the house should be trashed... I do expect to see that life happens there.

I would love to have access to tools, time and money to add character to our house like yours. Your hubby is doing a great job!

Gerb said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind and thoughtful comments on this. Our homes really do reflect who we are and what happens inside. I'd love to be able to invite each of you into my living room to sit and chat for a while. Thanks for brightening my day with your comments!

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