The Magic of Home

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There is magic in that little world, home: it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits. – Robert Southey, poet

Last week my brother gave me a DVD of converted 16mm film home movies shot in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  There were a lot of people I didn’t recognize and some scenery that I did.  I saw my uncle Jim and his wife, their baby daughter, other cousins, and grandparents I’d never met.  I gasped when I saw my aunt Bess in her wedding gown (the 50’s KNEW how to deck out a bride!).  I watched my teenage dad trying to balance on the top of a capsized canoe.  I saw my mom with her bouffant hairdo emerge from the house where I grew up, shepherding my brothers out the front door.  It was a wonderful trip back in time.

Finally, in the middle of the show, it occurred to me that there was another character involved that I didn’t recognize but had heard about before.  It was the house on Crenshaw that my dad had moved to when he was a child.  The house was a major player…Christmas mornings, rose garden tours, backyard barbecues, all with the same backdrop…the home.

At the end, the house where I grew up made a cameo appearance.  I pointed things out to my husband, who had never seen it  “That was my bedroom! – “That door led into the foyer and the dining room was to the right!” – “Oh, look at the backyard before all the tress grew and the family room addition was put on!”  I felt like I was introducing him to an old friend.

That’s what a home is – a major player in our lives.  It cocoons us when we dream, supports us as we pace and plan, and keeps the external elements at bay while we’re trying to deal with the internal drama we all face daily.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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