I'm a fan of 1979. It was a keeper of a year. Let's reflect for a moment, shall we...
- Margaret Thatcher was elected - the first female Prime Minister of the UK
- average cost to purchase a house in the USA was just over $58,000 (hello!)
- Sahara Desert experienced snow for 30 minutes
- first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power and the country's name is changed to Zimbabwe
- shag carpet was "in"
- China institutes the 1 child per family rule (my understanding is that's being regretted now)
- Sony introduces the Sony Walkman, which sells for $200 (that seems a little steep to me, compared to the cost of housing)
- I was born
- Gloria Gaynor produces her famous song, "I Will Survive" (I'm contemplating claiming rights on the song, in light of our journey)
- Our house was built and it boasted the beautiful carpet being rolled below...did I mention shag was in?
We are thankful and blessed and grateful beyond words for the house, street, and town in which we live. When we purchased our house there were a few details we overlooked simply because the financial requirements (ie: mortgage) made the budget a little lean. Items like circa 1979 chairs and shag carpet were superficial details which simply could not and would not be deal breakers.
As of a couple weeks ago, shag carpet home owners we were no more.
That was one part of '79 to which I was not sad to bid farewell. (I realize shag is making a serious come back but anything over 30 years of age needs to be kicked to the curb - present company excluded.)
(we've since removed a few, ah hem, festive items...but you get the idea)
The chalk board was a mirror whose trim I painted and then sprayed with chalk board spray paint. (Did I just personify a chalk board? Yikes.) And I shared a bit about the chairs (with this library idea in mind) awhile back.
They like it.
And we feel as though we have completely entered the twenty-first century.