|Photo Credit: ©Renaissance Woman (aka Bird Legs)|
What gives a home instant curb appeal? For me, it’s always the little touches: a willow garden arbor; watching hummingbirds blissing out on red geraniums in window boxes; that classic rocker calling my name on the porch.
When I think first impressions, I always recall a teacher of mine who had the kind of front yard that made you want to stop and linger. Her brand of curb appeal started less than six inches from the street. It was always about the mailbox. People went out of their way to see her latest creation. I know because I was one of them... her mailbox groupies.
Today, as I finished revitalizing a seriously sorry looking mailbox at the end of my country lane, I realized I was paying homage to that most extraordinary individual who taught me the true meaning of painting on a whole different kind of canvas. I only wish it hadn’t taken me so many years to do something about the forlorn sight that greeted every visitor to my home.
When does a mailbox become more than a mailbox? It ceases to be a standard 6-inch x 18-inch receptacle when it becomes a means of celebrating life, personal expression, and the essence of home. Thank you, my friend, for teaching me to see the potential in everything. If there were such a thing as human curb appeal, its name and definition would be Carolyn.
Though my first mailbox renovation isn’t on a par with her works of art, I think she would be pleased that I went all out to create something whimsical. Carolyn, more than anyone, understood that whimsy is good for the soul. I hope my new mailbox makes someone, maybe you, smile on the inside.
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