A Cottage for Sale

Readers,

Our real estate agent called this morning to let us know our house is going on the market this afternoon.

The cottage is for sale!

The cottage is for sale!

I haven’t peeked at the real estate website to see whether the listing is really up yet. It’s going to feel strange to see our house arranged by a stager, shot by a real estate photographer, and described by our real estate agent to ignite the imaginations of potential buyers.

This isn’t quite our home anymore. Now it’s a cottage for sale.

But that’s okay.

You know the song “A Cottage for Sale,” with those lyrics of heartbreaking wistfulness and regret?

The Cape Cod I lived in till age 4, before my family moved to Columbus.

I lived in this Cape Cod till age 4. From here I moved with my family to Columbus.

Months ago I listened to upwards of twenty renditions on YouTube, planning the post I knew I would write when we put our house on the market. Now I am writing that post and wanting badly to put Judy Garland’s amazing version in.

But readers, while I may feel some wistfulness–I will miss my hairdresser of twenty years desperately–regrets are nowhere to be found. Nope, just excitement and anticipation.

Thursday I fly to Columbus to start making our 1958 fixer-upper our new home. Meanwhile, Jack will stay in Minneapolis long enough to teach his summer classes–

And get this cottage sold.

 

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