Taking Shape in Oysterville

Dec 17, 2012 | 1 comment

As I watch Tucker and Carol’s house take shape these days, I can’t help but think of Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s book, The Little House. The story centers on a house built out in the country.  Over the years the city, once far away, comes ever closer, finally surrounding the little house.

When she finds herself between two gigantic skyscrapers, the little house grows sad because she misses her hill in the countryside.  She doesn’t like that she has been abandoned and that she has become shabby and lonely.  Then, in the predictable fashion of all wonderful children’s stories, the builder’s great-great-granddaughter finds the little house, moves her out of the city to a hill in the country where, once again, she can watch the seasons pass happily ever after.

That, of course is not the story here in Oysterville, at all.  The city is not encroaching, the little Wachsmuth cabin has not been abandoned, and she isn’t looking one bit lonely.  The only similarity to Virginia Lee Burton’s story is that the original cabin is becoming nestled within newer, bigger walls, and a taller roofline.  She, however, remains the crown jewel, the main attraction, the star of the show at center stage.

I’m not sure she knows yet that the spotlight will continue to be hers.  Those of us who saw Tucker’s model of the finished house do.  We remember how cleverly the Wachsmuths and their architect, Kelly Edwards, increased the size of the house to more than double, but kept the focus on the 1939 cabin at its heart.  Now, in the midst of the construction, it’s a little hard to visualize.  We are distracted by the new sizes and shapes taking place as watch.

But we are sure, too, that this is also going to be a happily ever after story.  It’s so reassuring to know the ending in advance – though it doesn’t make us await the outcome more patiently!

1 Comment

  1. Jean stamper

    The little house has another thing happening to it. It is coming alive with more full time residents just as Oysterville has come alive with new and involved residents. It’s so good to see people care about the place they live and to have the desire to make it better..keep up the good work!

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