The day we closed on this house, we came by to do a final walk through and found that this framed photo was left for us on the mantle. The family that owned this house before us, had also built it and raised a family here. Don and Geraldine bought this plot of land in 1949 and built a home to last. “Learning this made me feel closer to this home. Young ambition built it and now young ambition is making it new again.” (Perfect words to describe our home experience too, said by Tanya Clark) This is truly our dream home. We feel connected to it.
Don and Geraldine’s daughters shared a memory that means so much to us. My husband, Greg was very close to his late grandfather, Carlos. Years and years ago, he owned a hair salon in town. It turns out, a regular client of his was, none other than, Geraldine. Her daughters told us they remember spending many Friday nights in his salon with their mother getting all dolled up. They also remember something, that when we learned of it, gave us chills.
A week after we moved in, we received a letter from them. They told us that they had been reminiscing about Carlos and remembered a time in the early 60’s that their mother was on bed rest after having a surgery. And, of course, she had to have her loyal hairdresser, Carlos, up to the house to have her hair done! So, decades before we bought this “little house on the hill”, Greg’s grandfather had walked its halls. We like to think that he and Geraldine have had a good laugh at the irony of us buying it as our first home so many years later.
We love this home for countless reasons, but feeling a family connection to it certainly contributes to the feeling of heart it has.