At only 1700 square feet we assumed it would be our "starter home." But as we settled in, and as home prices in southern California climbed, we realized that it might very well be the home we both start and finish in! We also realized that we were quite content with our little corner of southern California. We had nice neighbors, a safe and friendly community, and learned to accept the limitations and quirks that come with a 90 year old house.
It would have been very comfortable and safe to stay there forever.
But after 17 years, I began to question whether we owned a house, or a house owned us. The more entrenched we became, the more we made choices that limited our future. We fell into the consumer trap that has ensnared people all over the world, but seems especially prevalent in middle-class America.
But to quote John F. Kennedy:
"Be patient, we're on our way."
Our beautiful little house provided us with a safe-haven to make memories that we will always cherish. We will say goodbye with teary-eyes, because it is impossible not to pull up roots without some pain. But we will also part ways knowing that by reclaiming our freedom, we reclaimed our lives.
The future is filled with wonderful possibilities.