I was a colorful human being recently.
Before my work was done I was sporting several shades of white and gray as my wife and I took on the big job of repainting most of the interior of our home.
This year has seen several much needed improvements to the little house we bought 16 years ago this month and the painting project was just the latest.
As we prepped and cleaned over the past month before putting brush and roller to wall this weekend, I found myself reflecting on all that house has seen.
When we moved in we were a young couple, married just over a year. A few years later we would welcome a pair of bright-eyed and active babies to that home. We’ve watched those tiny bundles of energy grow into a pair of active and healthy 12-year-olds and the walls of that house have echoed with their laughter and excitement. It’s the only home they’ve ever known.
It’s also been the place I’ve returned on some of my toughest days as I’ve said goodbye to both my parents and other loved ones in the time we’ve called it home.
Through the years, the little house on that quiet street has been my place of refuge. It’s the place I return to, knowing I’ll be safe and loved.
A house is just bricks, wood, paint and shingles, but a home is so much more. I’m thankful for our little corner of the world and thankful even more for the love within its walls that keeps me going and brightens each day.
Brant Sappington is a longtime member of the Daily Corinthian news family. He currently serves as managing editor of the Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, and as assistant editor of the Corinthian.