Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Talking Houses

Sometimes you just run across an idea that makes sense. I found this on MakeProjects
A way to leave a piece of history when you move from that first apartment or beloved house where you raised your little ones. I get a little emotional just thinking of the houses we've left behind. Many transfers along the way, we left a little piece of our heart in each one of those homes. This might be the perfect way for a child to say goodbye to the home where they learned to ride their bike or lost their first tooth. Dropping the note down inside a wall (if you have access to the attic) would be one way to write about your life there, but this idea to put it on the back of a switchplate is almost too good. Not only will you enjoy doing it, the new owners will undoubtedly find it down the line! Complete instructions are at the site, including a PDF that makes the script tiny enough to fit the back of the light switch perfectly!

We've lived here almost 7 years now, I've really put down roots in this house. This is what I would write... "Even though we haven't retired yet, we know this is where we want to grow old. We've spent many happy summers coming back from the lake, walking in the door with wet towels and empty picnic baskets. It's the house where Ben was King and River Ran. It's been our haven on cold, icy days and it never failed to keep us safe. Our life and our love grew here, just like the trees in the woods. As much as this house meant to us, it's the land it sets on that we loved the most. The wildlife that still calls this mountain home shares this land with us, but it was their home first!"

So, what would you say about the house you live in now?

15 comments:

  1. This is a great idea. We found old newspapers under the linoleum in the kitchen that were fun but it would have been better if it had been a note from the owners. I did find some hidden photos of her first love which I returned to her....there was a story behind them that she shared with me.

    I would say that I used to look longingly at this farm over our adjoining fence and think how much I would love to live here, never dreaming that one day I would. I have felt at home here from the first night. Maybe it was meant to be.

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    1. I remember reading about the photos, that was too sweet! It was meant to be that you come to live in that house and care for the farm Glenda...

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  2. :) Just this weekend we replaced the bathroom floor and I wrote a couple of messages on the old floor before laying the new tile. You never know who will find it in the future. We have been in our home for 20 years and there are a lot of "us" in it.

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    1. I loved this idea! We attended a "house blessing" a few years ago where we were asked to write a favorite scripture on the beams of their house before the drywall went up. It was a cold winter day and Dana had cider and donuts set up in the unfinished house. What a wonderful memory now as they enjoy that retirement home!

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  3. what a sweet and sentimental idea... almost makes my heart hurt, though.

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    1. It does hurt, we leave a little piece of our heart with each house we live in. I can close my eyes and clearly see the house on Summit Street where I grew up...

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  4. Beautifully said and heartfelt!

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    1. Estelle, you will have to let the GRANDS draw a picture to leave in the Maine House kitchen drawers! You, my dear should leave some of your wonderful recipes for the new residents!

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  5. That is a great idea....and wonderful little note for someone to discover years from now!

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    1. I loved the idea and too cool that you can "shrink" the note to fit perfectly behind a switchplate!

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  6. That is a very cute idea. It's always nice to leave a bit of ourselves in a place. What would I say about this place? Oh my, so much has happened and we've only been here 3 years. Our lives took a turn that we never could have expected concerning the health of one of our children and it has forever changed the picture of our future. But there have been good things too. We moved here with the thought of being here a few years and using this place as our "stepping stone" to our next. And so far, it looks like that may be a plan that will be blessed and come to be. In some ways I get impatient and want to move on from here, but in other ways this home has and is carrying us through so much. We will all definitely leave a piece of our hearts behind when we leave.

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  7. I think I would say: This house was new, once. It's had a lot of life in it, that used it well... possibly beyond repair. Good luck!

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    1. Too funny, we all leave our mark on a house that's for sure. Our wood floors have places already where Ben scratched, but now that he's gone I'm a little nostalgic even about that. I'm pretty sentimental so this idea really appealed to me.

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    1. I thought so too, Michelle! We were transferred often when the girls were growing up so it was hard to feel like we had roots. This house is different because I know we are going to be here a long time...I hope!

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