The American Dreams are so yesterday…

It seems I’ve been having the same conversation over and over with different people. They are ready to move. They want out. Change is in the air.

Some friends are on the move – renting out their house and traveling during the next year. Other friends bought an RV and are testing the roads. Another set of friends are getting their house in order and ready for market.

As for me:

One – last month when I went in for my oil change and tire rotation, I was asked … Did I know I was missing a hubcap from my 2003 Toyota Corolla? NO!! I never noticed and now I CAN’T help but notice every time I see the car (Reward!! WANTED ONE HUBCAP PLEASE!)

Two – I finally took the lawnmower in to the repair shop. After mowing the lawn with 3 tires (who knew?!) for most of the summer, I finally went to Ace Hardware with twin screw in hand and less than $1 later, I came out with the itty-bitty item that helped me get level again. Of course, this week the lawnmower smoked liked a chimney and the repair man will have his hands full. The thing is … in my mind the lawnmower is BRAND NEW! In reality, I purchased it over 7 years ago. And during that time, no blade sharpening, no oil change, no winterizing. It’s been a good friend.

Three – Yes, one more goodie to share. This week the gently blowing wind circulating in my kitchen knocked down the lovely framed photo I had above my kitchen cupboards. Along with the picture came a ceramic teapot and a metal teapot. One or all three of these items landed on my glass top stove and left a hole behind like a meteorite. I can look inside and see the guts to my stove.

So anyone of these items can make me want to up and move – but all three? Seriously? Do you think perhaps the Goddess de la Casa is saying – pack your bags, gather your belongings and turn out the lights?

Maybe it’s something in the air. But it seems to be something bigger than me. I sense it all over  – friends traveling, others wanting to move, others needing to make a change. Perhaps we’ve all been sitting tight for the last 4 years and are now ready to break free from a place that needs to be mowed, watered, painted and cared for. And most of all, we don’t want to buy another house and do this all over again. The conversations about homes focus on shared housing. Going back to the concept of one roof, one set of appliances, one large kitchen – many bedrooms. Co-renting? Co-owning? This is a theme I hear time and again and it makes sense to me.

I am so ready to jump ship. Goodbye weeds, so long lawn furniture, bye-bye pruning. The American Dream has lost it’s luster. Know what I mean?