Friday, May 3, 2013
Never the same
We moved house yesterday, into the lovely house two streets away that will become our home for the next few months. As I spent the last two weeks packing our life into boxes, it occurred to me that Betsy will never be the same. She will never look just like this again. All the bits and pieces that my two small children create and bring home from school and kindy have been pulled down from the walls and many may not go back up there again. There will be new creations, new school awards, new interests and fads and the entire feel of our house will be different.
So with every box packed, pauses were made to snap pictures of all these colourful memories of the little children we have had living in this house. Roboboy was four and Liongirl was 18 months when we first moved into Betsy and there are so many memories of early childhood tucked up into the rooms of this house.
When we move back into the new improved Betsy, my little children will not be so little anymore. Roboboy will be seven and a half and Liongirl will be almost five. When we unpack their treasured items, some of them will not be wanted anymore. Will Roboboy still have all these favourite stuffed animals sharing his bed every night? I can only hope we have a few more years yet, especially for that vintage wallpaper dresser that makes me happy every time I walk past it.
Liongirl's room will be quite different when we move back as these big windows will no longer be there, instead there will be a set of high louvres. No doubt she will want considerable say in how we decorate her new room.
Despite a tinge of sadness over the fleeting nature of childhood, there is high elation over the hopefully fleeting life span of my remaining custard walls. This is the last section of wall in the hallway that remains custard, it will be the first to go when I get stuck in there repainting my very empty house.
Back soon with some pics of a very bare Betsy, serious deck demolishing action and hopefully the arrival of some excavators to start the old girl's makeover.