Happy at Hartfield

We almost moved this month. We found a house that is the mirror image of the house we’ve been renting. It was the one. Well, I thought it was the one. Turns out it was overpriced, according to the appraiser. We couldn’t pay more. The seller didn’t want less, so we had to walk away.

“…that so long as her father's happiness…required Hartfield to continue her home, it should be his likewise.”
“…that so long as her father’s happiness…required Hartfield to continue her home, it should be his likewise.”

I had these plans for “my house.” I was there during the inspection, quietly assessing and picturing our things in each room – which is a tad discombobulating when you’re used to the flipped version of a floor plan. I began to be attached. It was going to be our home, after all.

And now it’s not.

Oddly, I’m not disappointed. Like Emma, when she realizes Frank Churchill was only pretending to be interested in her, I feel like I should be upset. But I’m not. I feel relief. I guess the house wasn’t meant for us. We’re happy where we are. Are you happy where you are?

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Author: Rilla Z

I'm a scribbler. I'm genuine. Sometimes I'm too genuine. My topics of interest are: this world, the worlds inside my head, and the world to come. Oh, and cups of tea. Yes, I write about my cups of tea.

11 thoughts on “Happy at Hartfield”

  1. I bet something better will come along for you. I wouldn’t say I’m happy in my 400 sq. ft. govt. subsidized apartment, but “happy” is a pretty high standard given my depression. I do feel a significant amount of gratitude, though — about my living situation and many other things. I know I could be much worse off, and that I’m greatly blessed in many ways. And that goes quite a long way.

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    1. I’m so glad to see your great comment, Joe! You seem to be stronger in the past couple of months. Obviously, I am only reading between the lines of your posts and comments, but it’s encouraging to me to read and know you’re still keeping on as a writer. And, yeah, gratitude isn’t happiness, but it is a richer feeling at times.

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  2. I would have to say I am happy where I am since I have been here more than 45 years. Are there things I would like to change? Of course! But the cosmetic changes would not change how happy I am. It’s home!

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    1. 45 years would make it tough to move. It would hurt to leave a house that was home for that long. Plus, yours is an original, custom made to fit you, and completely unique. I guess you were meant to be there. ❤️

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  3. We recently downsized to a townhome. Was a lot of work and was hard to leave my kids’ childhood home, but we’re so glad we did it. No more yard work or snow removal, and we’re right downtown, within walking distance from restaurants and the market. It’s a little crowded when college son comes home on weekends as we still have a high schooler with us, but we all have our own space. So yes, I’m happy where I’m at, but it was a lot of work getting there!

    Hope your New Year is starting off well. Happy 2017 to you!

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  4. We are happy where we are, but I admit that we’re not as into homeownership as we once were. I agree with the other commenters that when the right house appears, you’ll know it & the deal will fall into place. I could write multiple essays on mistakes made when moving house. Don’t be us!

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