10/28/03 It did go better than expected. Kind of. We told the kids about selling the house.
I wanted to wait until it was a done deal, but Ian thought it would be better to tell them now, so we did. After the initial tear burst from Katherine (and the accompanying one from me) it actually went OK. I try not to think about all the good things about our house that we're going to miss and never go back to, and we talked up a lot about the good stuff from selling. One big point was that when we do buy another house it'll most likely be closer to grandma and grandpa, and that went over pretty well. Unless of course we buy in some place like Colorado or Florida.
Rebecca wasn't all that concerned about the house though she did say she was going to miss it. The boys didn't have an opinion one way or the other. I doubt Jonathon even remembers the house and Nicholas probably only has vague recollections. It's not something we discussed with them much since we didn't know which way we were going to go.
Katherine was very much attached to the house, especially since when we left Virginia we assured the kids that we would be coming back to that same place. Dumb parents, huh? She wants to know if she'll still go to King when we're back and of course there are our neighbors and her friends.
I hate to think about the butterflies in their room, the basement playroom, the backyard with the view of all those trees and our oh-so-green bedroom. That wonderful porch, nice big kitchen and gorgeous floor make me think twice too. Instead, I try to think of the too tiny bathrooms, the terrible paneling in the kitchen, and.... uh... well, the other things that I can't think of at the moment. There must be some. Right?
No no no, there are loads of reasons why selling the house now is a good thing. Financially and even emotionally it's the right thing to do. Now to just make it through the wait. Anyone out there buying? We've got a place for you.