I have had extra time to think, while unable to do my usual things this week. One thing that I indulged myself over was thinking about Christmas presents I would like to receive that would not fit under the Christmas tree.
Yeah, I mentioned world peace, an end to exclusion, intolerance, hatred, hunger, and all the rest. However, past those lofty desires, I am left with only one thing on the list, but I do expand on that one desire a bit:
An old farmhouse far enough back off the main road to feel alone, but not so far that you feel lonely …
White sides, with dark blue or dark green trim on everything.
Worn, but in a good way … like an old and familiar coat, that slips easily on, provides comfort and warmth, without sharp edges.
Two stories minimum, with three preferably … the taller, the better.
Lots of windows, in a climate that was friendly to light and did not promote leaking air.
A second floor with a patio and enough space for four or five to sit comfortably close and watch the world go by.
Sleeping space for up to 16 people at a time, for family, friends, and colleagues to visit the quietness.
Close to or overlooking a body of water, ideally salt water, with a view of rippling waves for eternal delight.
Near a large town or small city, but not so close that I am tempted to visit there every day … once a week would be suffiicent to resupply and enjoy the movement of the town.
Pipes that creak every now and then to remind you of their existence and make the house seem alive.
There would be cats …
Gables and other architectural oddities … no predominant style, just a jumble of different perspectives on solid and eye-catching architecture.
Trees … the type that look scary in winter, but lush when in bloom during the spring.
A porch … a very long porch, with ample seating for 10 to 12 people, with railings and a swing … at both ends.
Perched on a small hill or far enough up a mountain to maintain a soul-soothing view of the previously-mentioned body of water.
A somewhat well-kept lawn, but not manicured or completely tamed, with a variety of greens, yellows, reds, and whatever other colors Nature provides.
Southern exposure, to take full advantage of all those windows and all those sitting places.
Solid and dependable Internet coverage to maintain contact with people, events, and the world (sorry, but this is like needing drinking water for me.)
Well, that’s my big wish for the Christmas season …
No chance I will actually get this one, but I did learn a few things about what is in my heart, as I engaged in this little whimsy, while recovering from several physical issues.
When you let yourself dream, you are not always just fiddling away time. As I continued to let thoughts pour out of me, I noticed some things popping out, which I need to consider more seriously for the future.
1) I apparently desire to “return to the land”, not as a farmer, but I bet I could write up a storm in the environment above.
2) I like the variety of nature and the changing seasons.
3) I do not need the hustle and bustle of the city.
4) I have room for visitors, which means I do not wish a solitary life.
5) Being away from the finer things of civilization (Internet excepted) is attractive to me.
I am still pondering, so additional insights might be forthcoming. In the meanwhile, I have a question for you to consider:
“What’s your Christmas present? You know, the one that won’t fit under the tree.”
Letting myself dream a little more during the hurry, scurry, and blurry of the season in the Heartland ….