Closing Time

“Closing Time” by Semisonic

“Closing time
Time for you to go out go out into the world.”

We were ready to venture into new territory.

What started as a financial decision quickly turned emotional.

So much time and many thoughtful decisions went into the build. We decided this home would be part of our children’s inheritance. We would create countless special memories together as a family and with friends, as would our girls with their families and friends someday. In our first year, the girls planted a tree that would grow with us throughout the coming years.

Fond memories we created, indeed. Many visits with family and friends, sleepovers, barbeques, parties at the pool, “house jumping” with neighbors, the Yankee Doodle parade, many beverages shared, a Christmas Day family gathering, several New Year’s Eve celebrations, the beach, the restaurants, runs along the main beach drag, the street parties, the shopping, the fire pit conversations, association meetings at the beautiful picnic table, fireplace fires, the games we played with the kids, the hours working on the landscaping, the time spent in relaxation, the life at our second home…

“So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend.”

We found more than our share of friends and will always hold dear the time we spent together. We will return to visit, as we have been welcomed by all. Who knows when? The hectic schedule of our girls as they aged made it difficult to enjoy the property often enough.

At least we will no longer feel the pressure of leaving early on a Friday to avoid traffic and returning by noon on a Sunday to tend to our primary residence – the grass, the landscape, the inside chores – and preparing for the following work week and sometimes school week.

We will no longer feel like our money is not being used wisely in the absence of the monthly gas, electric, garbage/water/sewer, cable/internet/phone, assessment fees, and property taxes.

We know the amazing couple who will occupy our once second home will appreciate and enjoy the home as their primary residence. They will care for it like no other. And we have even gained another set of wonderful friends.

“Closing time
Time for you to go back to the places you will be from.”

Initially we made the decision to buy due to financial reasons, and for the same reason we have decided to part ways. We built the house to have equity in an investment that would never be worth “nothing” as we saw our mutual funds tank. And now we decided the monthly bills were in excess of the benefits we reaped since we could not spend enough time in our lovely home.

We will still have the ability to create amazing memories – just in different ways. For now, we feel fortunate to have had the opportunity and wish for many more memories to be created on our foundation. On our way home we go.

We knew today was going to be difficult. We have been waiting in anticipation with our emotions bouncing in every which direction. The decision didn’t come easy, but we know it was the right one, financially. We just wish our hearts were on the same page.

Today we close on the sale of our second home.

It doesn’t come without sadness and sorrow. But…time will heal and we will never forget.

Tomorrow will shed a different light and an array of other opportunities.


“Closing time
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”


7 thoughts on “Closing Time

  1. I am sorry that this was a difficult decision for you and your family. I find that songs often come to my mind when I am going through an emotional time. It sounds like this song spoke to you today. I hope it brought you comfort. I love how you the lyrics are woven through your slice.

  2. This structure is genius- I am sorry that it is wrapped within a subject that is so sad. The part about wishing hearts are on the same page strikes me as you go back and forth with the necessity of the decision and your heart’s desire.

  3. Well done Crotty Kid!!! First off, I love that song by Semisonic. Love it. And I can totally see it fitting into this slice. It is “closing time” in so many ways for you and your family – both figuratively and literally. I remember your excitement when this house was first being constructed. I’m glad you can rest on those happy memories that were created – knowing that they will be in your hearts forever. xoxo

  4. I love the way this piece is written. The way you intertwined the lyrics is so fitting. I hear the joy and sadness here. I hope you can continue to find that joy in new family traditions.

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