Hints of Before

A close-up view of a wall where a light switch was long ago taken out and patched over

We’ve lived in our house for 15 years, and while our time together is probably coming to a close, it will continue on as a home for someone else as it has since it was built in the 1920’s. There are lots of little hints in a house this old of those who went before, for whom this house was also home. In my office I’ve always had a fondness for this long-ago patched-over light switch or dimmer control, for reasons I can’t fully explain, except that I can see it from my couch and it reminds me daily that everything has its time and place, but nothing lasts forever.

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