The End of our First Era

Yesterday morning, we officially said goodbye to our very first home in Lexington.   Although we got married in June 1996, we first moved to San Francisco, where we lived for two months, and then left for South Korea, where we lived until April of 1998.   We lived in a hostel, a “friend’s” house, a Korean hotel, and two apartments between our wedding day and our return to the USA.   Although our apartments could be considered our first homes, it wasn’t until we came home to the States that we bought our first house.    In truth, Todd actually bought it without me.   To think of that now is a double dose of crazy (who doesn’t help pick out the purchase of their own house?!?!), but at the time, it was perfectly fine.  The six-month-old baby Hannah and I were staying in Michigan with my parents and Todd was in Kentucky with his.   He called me one afternoon and reported that he’d found a house for us.  And that was that.

Todd’s parents graciously allowed us to stay with them for about a month until we closed on our new house.    On June 10, 1998, we got the keys to our first home, and from then on, the rest is history.   We had our first Christmas in the USA in that house, brought the newborn Patrick home to that house, and made many memories.  I remember thinking it was so much house to clean when we first moved in, and wondered how I would clean it when I only had naptimes to work.   HA.  HA.  HA.

We only lived in that house, “affectionately” known now as 2905, until August of 1999, when we moved out and into a duplex not even two miles down the road…on the same road.   The house changed from our residence to a rental propery, and remained so until earlier this year when the final renters moved out.   At that time, Todd took over to update the house and get it prepared to sell once and for all.   It had been a great rental home:  its location on a busy street afforded around 35,000 passersby each day to see that it was for rent.   That was the up side.  The down side?  Its location on a busy street with a slight curve in the road caused more than one driver to meet our  mailbox up close and personal, which usually resulted in damage to their vehicle and destruction of our mailbox.    Todd replaced probably three or four mailboxes throughout the time we had the house.   Long after we moved out, it was always amusing to me to drive by the house and see either a mangled mailbox or none at all.  (I’m fairly sure that Todd did not share in that amusement, if I had to guess!)

By the time he put it on the market, he had refinished the wood floors, updated the kitchen and bath, and cut a hole in the roof to add a bathroom in the upstairs.  It looked very little like the house we had once lived in, yet, in a way, when we returned to help him prepare for an open house, it also felt like home.  The new and improved 2905 looked fantastic, I had to admit.   Pulling up the strangely chosen forest green carpet on the stairs had been a wise choice by Todd.  🙂

And, as is the way of most things, change had to come eventually.  We sat in an elaborate office of the law firm that conducted the closing yesterday morning, a veritable party of signers and cosigners, signing copy after copy of the paperwork involved in buying and selling a house.  I found myself a bit nostalgic and a bit sad that we were saying goodbye to 2905.  It hadn’t been “ours” for many years, but there was still a slight attachment.   But now it was ending.   Although we made a lot of memories while living in that house, we have made many, many more in the years since.   It was a wonderful first home, and I pray the new owners will be just as happy as we were there.

And who knows…maybe someday, if we get really brave, we may even move out of the zip code we’ve lived in since our repatriation of 1998!

Here are a few pictures to remember our first place…. I am sure they’ll mean more to us than they mean to anyone reading, but I’m glad to have them.

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