Recently, as I was scrubbing my wood floor, I noticed all the dings in the shoe molding, the scratches, dents and discolorations etc in the floor; I found myself getting bummed out at how "rough" everything looked. I finished up, looked over the floor and, though happy to have the job complete, kept thinking of the work that they needed to look "perfect" again. A few days later I remembered a childhood trip to Philadelphia. There was an historic building we toured that had been the meeting place of people like Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson etc. I distinctly remember standing behind the rope, looking over the room and being overwhelmed with emotion that I was standing in a place where those incredible people had walked and gathered. I actually remember the wood floors being warped and worn ~ no longer used in order to preserve them as they were. I knew those men had walked on those boards and even though I didn't understand energy like I do now, I so wanted to walk there as well to "feel" their presence. Then I remembered the really old Bay View apartment Jim remodeled (and then lived in). The previous tenants had plugged sinks, turned on the water and left the house. The new owner had someone come in and refinish the floors. When I had asked Jim how they turned out, he said "Okay"; he was used to brand new homes. When I arrived to see them, I was in love! I thought all those "imperfections" were filled with incredible character ~ oh the stories they had to tell! Hmmmmm...both of the floors I so admired had started out brand new at some point and over the years they transformed as they collected the stories of those who walked there. I realized that our floors don't need "fixing"; they are just collecting the stories of our family and gatherings with friends. How lucky I am that instead of wondering about the stories a beautiful old floor could tell, I get to be a part of creating the character! To all of you who have spent time in our home, I thank you for adding your stories to the love, the character that is being etched and recorded on our floors.