Right now, I should be in Banff, Alberta on a sleigh ride with my daughter… dashing through the snow with the cold Alberta air filling our lungs. Instead, I flew home last minute to pack up my house in Charlotte, North Carolina and move to California. It was a dream come true. We put our house on the market less than a month ago and we had an offer on December, Friday 13th. Should that have been a sign? I didn’t think of it.
I canceled my long-awaited Alberta trip and jumped on the next plane to Charlotte. With a closing date in less than a month, we had a lot of work ahead of us, but it was exciting. We live each day and make it the best day of our lives. Living in California was like being on permanent vacation so moving back seems like an obvious choice.
I put everything we own for sale, contacted moving companies, U-Haul, and apartments in California. Although the official paperwork wasn’t being signed until December 20th, the potential buyer’s enthusiasm left little to be questioned. We were moving!
I arrived home on Saturday, planned everything with Darren, and started dreaming of California.
On Sunday, we received an email:
Dear Darren and Lesley,Thank you so much for opening your home to our family today. I know it was rather hectic! We really needed them to see the dining room to voice their opinion on the size. We loved your house so much that we were trying to make it work even though we later had reservations about the dining room. We have family gatherings every Sunday with 17 of us! Everyone agreed that it is too small and it is not going to work after all.
You have done an exquisite job with your house and we are very sorry but feel it is best that we exercise our right to terminate during the due diligence period. I’ve attached the termination agreement and would appreciate your signing and returning.We wish you all the best and know that you will have a sale soon. It is a beautiful home!Best regards,B
I was devastated. My heart sank and I actually thought I might cry. It was never that I was in a huge rush to move and I wanted Athena to spend Christmas in our Charlotte house, decorated with a beautiful tree and garland hung over the staircase like a house you’d see in a movie, but I was envisioning it. I could picture myself in California on the beach in the soft sand.
We’ve since wrapped our heads around the situation and feel grateful for all that we have, including a house. We have an amazing life filled with health and happiness. We’re surrounded by neighbors that have come together like family and we don’t have major daily stresses like finances or marital issues. I was “devastated” about not selling my house for Christmas, while millions go without a place to live.
I’ve decided to still pack up things that we don’t really need around the house and rid myself of any unneeded clutter, but instead of selling it, I’d like to give it to local families in need. We have toys, furniture, and clothes that could all use a good home for the holidays.
Do you know of a great charity in Charlotte area? I’d love to read your suggestions of places that take donations for families in need during the holidays.
Happy holidays; I hope you are living the life of your dreams and bringing that joy to others.