In the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal at all and I know people have much bigger problems, so I hate to whine, but I'm going to for a second anyway.
My parents are in the process of selling their house right now. They've been kicking around the idea for a while, but they listed it and sold it quickly (I think they underpriced it) and they have their meeting to finalize everything on Thursday. They haven't found a new place to buy yet, so they decided to rent a house for a bit because they don't want to rush into buying something they don't want.
I know this is silly, but I am really sad about the fact that they will no longer own the house I grew up in. We have so many memories there and I love that house. We moved there when I was in second grade, so I spent more time there (by far) than in any other place we lived. They have a large wooded lot and the house is on a beautiful country road. Last Christmas, when my mom picked me up from the airport and drove down the street, the snow on the trees looked beautiful and I felt like I was home. (I love D.C., but for some reason, Ohio still feels like home to me.)
They are moving to a smaller house on a tiny lot on a typical suburban street. It just won't be the same.
Everything about the move makes sense. My mom has MS and my dad has been having horrible knee problems, so it's best for them to live somewhere without stairs. My sister is married, so she no longer lives there and I no longer even live in the same area; my parents don't need 3,000 square feet and 2.5 acres any more. My dad can't even take care of the yard like he used to. And, my mom will be closer to my sister, so she'll be able to watch her stepkids more. Like I said, everything makes sense.
But, I'm still upset about it. And I can't figure out exactly why. I think it's because I won't feel like anywhere is "home" now. My parents will have moved.(They are only moving about 15 miles, so it's not as if they're going far.) And I still don't feel like D.C. is home. When I go to Ohio for Thanksgiving, that will be the last time I ever set foot in the house I grew up in. I'm just sad.
Anyway, I know this is happy hour, so I'll stop with my complaining, I just needed to let it out. Thanks for listening to my whining; sorry to complain so much about something so trivial!