Trends With Tricia: The End of an Era

The End of an Era

Childhood home

Here I stand on the steps that I have stood on so many times before throughout my life.  I was never six months pregnant (that may have been the LAST time on my household steps!), but i was in Halloween costumes, prom dresses and playing games.

This past weekend, I went to California to help my parents get things packed up as they leave the only true home they've known in their adult life.  They bought this home in 1972 and after 39 years, are retiring to Texas.  

With the average family moving every five to seven years, it's quite a surprise to see a family be in a home this long.  

I have so many thoughts in my mind after leaving my childhood home for the last time on Monday and here are a few of them:

  1. Will my husband and I be in our home as long as my parents were?
  2. How did I grow up in an 1800 sf house?
  3. Will I be jealous of the next family who buys this house?
  4. What exactly is "home" now?
  5. Where will I stay when I go out to California?
I can't imagine what my parents are feeling right now.  My mom and dad brought home and raised two daughters here. We've endured earthquakes, fires, death, fights, fun, games, sports, broken bones, job changes, kids leaving home for good, fond memories and most of all, love.

It's bittersweet to see my parents move but then I have to realize that a house is just a house.  It's what you fill it with that matters.  My parents are moving right around the corner from us in April and this is such a blessing.  Home has an all new meaning...and location!

PS-If you know anyone needing a home in Simi Valley, CA, let me know!


*Tricia Hoffmann*

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Comment balloon 6 commentsTricia Hoffmann • January 26 2011 03:57PM


Tricia!  I know how you feel....Mom and Dad were in their home for 32 years!   It was hard to say goodbye but we are so glad they moved 6 years they can enjoy thier home instead of feeling forced to move!   It is still bittersweet to drive by the old home though!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 8 years ago

The last time I was in Chicago I visited "past residences" and barely recognized them.  A house is just a shell and it will be easier for your parents to move on that they (or you) may think.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

Tricia - Seems that our parents just did not move around all that much.  Staying in a home for twenty, thirty or even forty years is not all that unusual for that generation.  Wonder what happened to us because we move around a whole lot more.  Thanks for the blog.

Posted by Steve Ewing - Keller Williams Realty (Keller Williams) over 8 years ago

Childhood memories coming back. But the best part is they are a corner away. Looking at your photo makes me want to go there too. I've been too cold here for too long. Lord, help me!!!

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

The weather was 78 and sunny.  Too bad I was inside packing all weekend!  I think they will do OK but definitely an adjustment!

Posted by Tricia Hoffmann (Your Home Free) over 8 years ago

I understand intellectually the feelings expressed here but emotionally it is so alient to me. We moved countries and continents so many times - just took our friends addresses, packed our bags and on to the next one.

Posted by Maya Swamy, Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - (Funds Available) about 8 years ago