Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ask And Ye Shall Recieve

I was going back re-reading some of my older posts from this summer, specifically The Houses That Built Me and I was struck by how our new house is basically a wish list of all the things I love and have loved about houses in the past.

I wrote earlier about the farmhouse from my childhood. My aunt was kind enough to drive by and take a picture of it for me.  Notice the porch, the roof line, the columns. The door with double windows on either side.

Here is my new house.

It's not exactly the same, but it has some strong similarities.  The roof line isn't the same, but it does have the columns, the porch, and the door flanked with double windows.

I also wrote about how much I llike the cottages that Karl Larsson painted. I especially like this kitchen:

I loved the bright yellow and red together. The window above the sink. The bright cheeriness of the room.
Here is my kitchen now:

Again, it's not exactly the same, but I think it evokes the same feel. The walls are bright yellow, with red accents everywhere, and there is a window over the sink.

I also wrote about how much I love windows like these:

And here are the windows in my sunroom:

They're definetely the same.

When I was still teaching, I took a course one summer on effective teaching, and one of the lessons that stood out to me was that you have to know what you want to know before you can ask a question. In this class, we talked about how important it is for students to gather information, from a book, or their classmates, in order to fine tune their questions to their teachers. It's not enough to say, "I don't understand." The goal is to get them to say "I don't understand what the word synthesis means when it's used in this sentence."

I'm extrapolating a bit here--as I do with most things--but I often think about this lesson when I'm making big decisions. In my case I believe, you have to know what you want before you can find it.

I wasn't consciously writing a wish list when I wrote my Houses That Built Me blog. Really, I think I was just thinking out loud, but all the same, after that blog post I knew what I wanted. And once I knew what I wanted, the universe provided it. Nevermind that it had to synthesize a farmhouse in western NC with some turn-of-the-century Swedish cottages, and find that house in Scotia, NY--a village with the small town feel I was looking for, right in the middle of the undeveloped rolling hills. I realize the unliklihood of these things coming together and am grateful every day that they did.

I couldn't be happier in this new house, in this neighborhood, in this region of the country. Right now, I couldn't ask for anything more.

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