We have a friend Justine who means the world to us. She’s a better friend than anyone could possibly deserve, so you never stop trying. Everyone who knows her will tell you she’s a living contradiction: both fiercely intimidating and captivatingly friendly; smarter, harder working, and more dedicated than the rest of us in this generation, even my niece wants to be her!
She gave us a fire pit for a wedding present 6 years ago, which we were super excited about! Except that Jack was sleeping in his car at the time and Emily had a condo – with no yard! Brand new and boxed up, it traveled over mountains and was squirreled away in basements, storage rooms, and eventually became a night stand in our last apartment. It went unused for over half a decade, despite the fact that we both LOVE bonfires!
We both grew up rich: name brand cereals, new clothes every year for school, and single-family homes with a yard! As a kid, a yard is such a large play space for swinging, climbing trees, and playing hide and seek with friends, but later becomes less fun as a teenager when you are tasked with chores of mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, or picking up dog droppings. Yet, as we grew older, we began again to long for a yard to care for; a quiet space outside to enjoy nature.
We loved our last apartment (we super lucked out with the best management and maintenance in the business), but we were increasingly jealous of friends who could have bonfires whenever they wanted. It became a real motivation to buy our own place! And once we moved into our Yellow Rose, the very first 90 minutes of yard work we did was to clear a space for our new fire pit!
We take it as a sign of support to have loved ones contribute to our home, and we’re the most proud of the parts of our home with sentimental value. As we plan and renovate, we long to invite friends over to enjoy this with us, too!
As summer temps turn to fall, we look forward to enjoying more bonfires in our yard. And as we do, we toast (our s’mores) to the loved ones who continue to support us!