Last night, we watched an episode of House Hunters on HGTV and this particular episode just happened to be located in theWashington, D.C./Arlington, VA area, where my husband and I lived just after we got married. That was a moon and a half ago.
We have talked about this often with our son who begs for a visit, likely curious about the fact that his parents actually had a life before him. We’ve promised one, we have talked about it, we have started thinking about when, it just hasn’t happened…yet. But it will.
Reminiscing about our days there, I asked him, ‘what would you think if we moved there?‘ He looked at me and for a split second, he looked excited, and then his face softens and he says, “I would like it for a visit, but my friends are here mom.” I nodded, he’s got awesome buddies for friends.
This kiddo is 8 going on 32 and is already planning his college years, talking about where he wants to go and how I don’t get to choose for him [smart kid] even though I reassure him that I would pick a really cool, awesome location [smart mama].
During the course of the episode, the first property featured as a choice for the prospective buyer, who happens to be a 24 yr old young man who brings his mom along for the house hunting excursion [smart boy] is a condo building we actually looked at and considered when on our own house hunt when living in DC. It was surreal, to say the least, to see it and do the walk-through. It had been updated [smart building owner] but we recognized it without a doubt.
I watched my son while he watched wide-eyed at this young man branching out on his own, transitioning from the college-days-frat-boys-who-can’t-clean-their-apartment-days to being a first-time home owner. And as an apple who has fallen not far from his tree, he digs cool houses; the kid has taste.
My son, who is one third on the way to 24, was taking it all in. I leaned over, poked him gently on the shoulder, and whispered, “Hey Bug, can you imagine that being you, all grown up, and buying your first house?“
He said, “No, mom, I only have $24.00”
Have I ever mentioned, I love that boy?
If anyone knows how to slow the speed of time, please leave it in the comments. I don’t mind the aging process for me, [well, ok, maybe I do, a little.] but I just want to freeze time in moments such as this.