Living the dream, not the reality
There’s an old saying that goes “be careful what you wish for”.
I’m reminded of this expression whenever I hear someone talking about their dream home.
Whether we’re hankering for a fivebedroom palace with a home theatre and a pool, or a country idyll with room for a large kitchen garden and a few animals, getting exactly what you think you want can be bittersweet.
Aside from the cost of building one of those sprawling, magnificent houses, most of them come with a hefty maintenance bill, sometimes requiring staff that would give Downton Abbey a run for its money.
For those looking for the simple life in the country, the shine can wear off pretty quickly if you’re not prepared to put in the time to care for the animals or the garden you were so keen on.
I’m reminded of this whenever I pass by our former home.
Like a lot of people, when we moved on we didn’t go far so it’s not unusual for me to drive past the place we called home for more than a decade.
After making some minor changes, we bit the bullet and added another floor to the single-storey cottage to make room for our growing family.
The first-floor addition gave us an extra bedroom, a new bathroom and views of the surrounding suburb, along with an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area downstairs.
It also gave me a major headache trying to keep on top of cleaning both floors. At one point, I considered buying a separate vacuum just to keep upstairs.
Putting things away became more of a logistical exercise too, to avoid going up and down the stairs constantly.
So while I loved that house, I wasn’t so sad to leave in the end.
Our single-level home suits me just fine, imperfections and all.
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