Today we mark an important family holiday, First View, the anniversary of the day we first saw the “homestead.” In fact, today marks the 10th anniversary of that happy day when, almost on a lark, we changed the course of our lives forever.
How much has changed in the ensuing ten years! Aly, a bright, skinny 11-year-old, has grown into a beautiful young woman, who will return home for Christmas from college in a few weeks. Michelle and I are grayer, I seem to have a lot less hair, but far more fit than the two people who hiked out that day to look at a property for sale in the woods. We are all very different people than we would have been had we not embarked on this adventure.
Recently, returning from town, Michelle and I stood on the point in the trail from which we first looked down and got our first glimpse of the “homestead.” We reminisced about our expectations, fears, and excitement, the overwhelming curiosity, and the sense of wonder that engulfed us as we wandered around the strange property, with all its odd, handmade buildings and fixtures. Little did we know the joy we would come to know living here!
You can read the whole story of that visit in our essay, First View: A Homestead-Made Holiday. You may notice that I posted it on December 5th. For many years after “establishing'” the holiday, we thought we’d visited on December 5th, based on an incorrect date setting on the digital camera we used for reference shots. We figured it out, as I confessed in the post, Fixing the Date. Funny, nowhere in that essay do I mention checking my 2004 Franklin Planner pages. That should have been my first stop! I had two tasks listed on that day: give Aly her allowance, and ferry to Haines to look at property! I’m still not sure I’ve changed all the many references to the incorrect date throughout the blog.
At any rate, now we know the proper day to celebrate, and celebrate we will. I’m not sure how, at the moment—I’m unlikely to venture down on the icy rocks to fish; we haven’t seen any porcupine around lately; likely I’ll check the root cellar for garden produce, and a bottle of homemade wine. A simple meal makes a simple celebration for a simple holiday, made by hand. Happy First View!