If you’ve been here for more than a couple of weeks, then you may have picked up along the way that back in April my family and I moved houses. I recently read a post, (linked) written by one of my favourite YouTubers, Margot Lee, about her ‘happy place‘. It was a beautiful post to read, and honestly got me thinking a lot.
I only moved recently. This house, will be my fourth house. This current townhouse I’m living in, the house I lived in before, and the unit I lived in before that one, are all in the same suburb, and the house I was born in, is several suburbs away, close to forty minutes in the car. So since moving from my first house ever, I’ve never really moved out of this current suburb and I can walk to either of my last two houses if I really wanted to.
However, the house that I moved from most recently, was a house I spent a large majority of my childhood in. From the ages of six to nineteen I was in that house, and I did a lot of growing up there, as did my younger sister, who spent most of her life there, and my cousins.
/sis and I pulling out the ‘SOLD’ sticker and saying bonjour to the rude french guy behind our house who hated our dog/
My four immediate cousins from my mother’s side, my sister and I, spent a heap of time at my old house, especially during school holidays and breaks. When we were really getting into the swing of moving, going through the motions of slowly packing everything into boxes, labelling all our stuff, emptying out our house and garage, one of my cousins,
my favourite, vocalised that she was gonna be exceptionally sad to not come back to the house again, and I was really confused for a second, until I realised how much of our childhood together was spent at my house.
We’d film music videos, short films, we’d have fashion shows and photo shoots, we built the fort of all forts and had sleepovers that went far too late in the night for kids aged between 4-12. When our parents all went out for parties my cousin and I who were the eldest were in charge, which meant all the kids were at my house, mattresses were pulled out and the big screen was powered up to watch movies.
For me, I got my first dog in that house, and I got to spend several weeks watching my younger sister running through the house, jumping from the kitchen counter to the sofa, refusing to touch the ground and grant the little puppy access to nip her ankles, even though she’d covered herself head to toe, down to the Ugg boots. I watched my house get renovated and extended, which meant my family was relegated to the front half of the entire house, with our microwave on the dining table, the mini fridge next to the sofa and all of us crammed into a small area until the extension was finished.
/my son and I in our backyard last summer/
I celebrated my 18th birthday in the backyard of that house, drinking for the first time
in front of my parents, and hosting a huge pyjama party to celebrate the occasion with my friends. We celebrated New Year’s eve in that house, as a big goodbye, with my whole family and nearly everyone commented on the memories made in that house over the years.
/just the spread the gals and I created/
The point of this blog post is, your gal’s feeling nostalgic. Since moving, I’ve kind of been moving around the house without the same feeling I used to in my old house, and it makes sense, considering I’ve only been in this house for three months, compared to the thirteen years I spent in my previous house. However, I’ve come to find that as soon as my sister gets home from school, or whenever my cousins and my family drop in unexpectedly for lunch or tea, or a couple of nights ago when a few of my cousins decided to spend the day here during the holidays, which ultimately turned into a sleepover, I find myself feeling right back at home, regardless of whether I’m in my big house of thirteen years, or in this new double-story townhouse for three months. So as is a must for all my posts, here’s a playlist. A playlist to feel nostalgic, but to also give you that real good feeling of knowing that home isn’t necessarily four walls and a roof.
September – Earth, Wind and Fire
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Home – DOTAN
Take It Easy – Eagles
Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
Alaska – Maggie Rogers
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Idle Town – Conan Gray
Bibia Be Ye Ye – Ed Sheeran
Brand New – Ben Rector
Arcadia – The Kite String Tangle
Old Guitar – BUNT
Say It Again – KINGDM
Settled In The Sound – Tim Atlas
Bloom – The Paper Kites
Give Love – Andy Grammar
Don’t Forget Your Roots – Six60
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
Geronimo – Sheppard
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson