I said in my last post that I would announce the name of the new home in the next post...so....without further ado......
I fought a great struggle with my heart over this one. In the midst of considering his name (yes, this one is a he!), my niece texted and asked if I could help name her old beauty. I let her know that naming a home is a terribly personal thing and that I would have to ask her many questions. Him? Her? From classic literature? What did she love most about her home? Sweet Niecling said that she loved its tall ceilings and woodwork but mostly that it is a place where people can gather. ❤️ My response was that I immediately thought of the house in the country that Bingley takes in Pride & Prejudice, Netherfield. I began playing with her last name, Merrillfield? She liked using their last name and wanted to make another play on it...how about Merrily? PERFECT! I suggested Merrily Hill, since her home sits above her street, and so it is! My dear girl's first home is Merrily Hill!
So back to my struggle. It wasn't as easy to name our Pittsford home as it was to name my niece's home. I had Cainberly for fifteen years- in which time she grew to be such an unequivocal piece of our story that bringing her along to New York almost seemed sacrilege. He is so very different from her...a different age, a different style, a different culture, region, state, history. I kept getting the feeling that I needed to let her go. Meanwhile, what of Rochester's house? I noticed that I kept calling him that...Rochester's house. (I should note that, technically, he is not in Rochester but a suburb, Pittsford) And then, of course! Rochester's house was Thornfield Hall! Oh how I love Jane Eyre!
Now please understand, I am not comparing this home to the ill-fated home of Edward Rochester! On the contrary, I expect light and love and happiness in our new life and home! We are already so blessed by Thornfield. He brings such peace with room to breath, more than one bathroom, and a whole wall to the natural world where we have sat and watched birds, squirrels, deer, and even a fox! If you follow me on Pinterest and you see my "Thornfield" board, now you know that it's ideas for my new home! Thornfield's doors are always open, won't you drop by sometime?