Wednesday, April 28, 2010

When we moved into our house, Dagny was 7 and Rowan was 3. As I walked through the house the first day, I knew it was perfect for us at that time, but I also had an imaginary distant future in mind. A future in which our house could adapt to the kids' getting older and bigger and needing more space, with room for us all for as long as we each wanted to live here.

Now here we are. The distant future. The year 2000. (ok, if you don't know Flight of the Conchords you won't think that's funny. But I bet Rowan laughed.) And recently we've made some changes that I imagined that first day.

Rowan, whose perfect-for-a-three-year-old room was decidedly not perfect for a 13 year old, has moved into a much bigger room, freshly painted and equipped with a bed that belonged to her great-great grandmother.

Dagny has moved to the third floor, where she has both a bedroom and a living room. Rowan, Andrew, and I painted her bedroom for her as a surprise while she was away in February, and she and Andrew painted her living room a couple of weeks ago.

You can just barely see in this picture that on the wall to the left of the windows a bunch of dates are written, marking Dagny and Rowan's growth over the past ten years. Dagny carefully recorded and rewrote them when she painted, which I think was awfully nice of her considering it's a record of Rowan overtaking her in height.

Some people want their kids to move out when they turn 18. Me, I'm still imagining a distant future that includes a family growing together and a house that adapts to accommodate us all for as long as we each want to live here.


Rowan said...

Rowan laughed. But just a little.

Child in Harmony said...

Terrific redo!
I got all teary...even ask Chloe <>...when I read how you envision a family growing together and all are welcome for as long as they want to live there.
I feel the same way yet there are so many people who can't wait until their kids leave :(


Madeline said...

Was your attic already finished with walls? We are thinking about doing our attic for Maddy and Iz. But it doesn't have finished walls, floors or ceiling and we will have to add a window or two.

Rue said...

It already had walls. The floors are remnant carpet tiles over the sub-flooring, so not exactly 'finished', but functional.

We'd been using it as a playroom previously.

Sandra Dodd said...

I smiled at the year 2000...

Holly asked a few months ago "How did you know this was going to be the house I grew up in?"

Interesting kid-question, even though she was 18 when she asked. We moved to a bigger house when Holly was five, and one of the first things we did here was celebrate her sixth birthday.

One thing that was said in those days was that Keith and I would sell this house and move back to the older, smaller house, when Holly was 18. We didn't know, in those days, that Kirby would be at home until he was 21, and that Marty would be too (still is). Holly has been in and out in the past year and some, staying different places for a month or three, but she can and might and probably will be back here some, or a lot.

Holly has two rooms now, having inherited Kirby's room and bathroom, and never quite moving out of her old room. I'm glad we could provide that luxury.

Beautiful room and paint job. BEAUTIFUL bird and bee photos.

Rue said...

Dagny got a bunch of great pictures of the birds. They've flown off now.

Jon, who is allergic to bees, took the bee photos for me. (Epi pen at the ready.) I'll be peeking into the hive as soon as the weather's warm enough (we're having a cold and rainy spell) to see if the queen is laying and everything looks ok in there.