Someday I Will

Every morning when I make my coffee I have the same routine. I turn on the Keurig, open the cabinet for a Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend k-cup and pause briefly at the description…”full, hearty, and distinctively complex.” And every single morning I think, I really hope someone describes me like that some day. It sounds like the perfect description of a person who has lived a long and happy life.


The other night, N and I were laying in bed talking. Archie was smack dab in the middle of us, head on the pillow and all, so you can imagine it was super romantic. And a question came to me. More of a prompt really.

It’s 40 years from now and you’ve lived in the same neighborhood for much of that time. A new neighbor moves in and another neighbor is talking to them in the yard. She asks about the other neighbors. Who are they? What are they like?      How would you want to be described?

Someday, I hope to be described like this:

Oh the [insert N’s Persian last name here]’s? Great people. They’ve got a few kids who come back to visit all the time and they’ve always got their extended family over. Her brother lives nearby and he’s around a lot. All the neighborhood kids were always over there growing up. Nadine would let anyone stay for dinner and in the summertime we still go sit around their fire pit in their backyard. They’ve got a great yard, wait ’til you see it. You’ll know when they’re out there cause Nadine’s got a real loud laugh. She works for a non-profit, I think. She’s always up to something, trying to change the world. Now they’ve got a pack a dogs running around but they’re all real sweet. If you ever need a dog sitter, may as well give her a key. She takes care of our pups when we’re out-of-town. Her and her husband have been married a long time. You should see the way she looks at him, you’d think they were newlyweds. If you need something to do around here, ask them. They’re always up to something, taking salsa dancing, heading to a book club, or painting classes. She’s a pretty good photographer too. Takes our family photo every year. Anyway, she’s a fun lady and you’ll like her. I’m heading over there later for a glass of wine, why don’t you join us?

Yes, it’s a weird exercise, describing yourself in the third person. Give it a try. It was wonderful, funny, and reassuring to hear N’s answer. Someday, I will be described just like that.

Linking up with Taylor

  • I love this idea. And it’s way less morbid than the thought I sometimes have of how I’ll be described at my funeral. I like your version much better!

    • Nadine

      I never thought of that! It definitely is less morbid.

  • I love this! I think it would be so hard to write what I hope somebody says in a few years. Thank you for sharing!

  • This is so beautifully written and sounds like such a fun exercise! I love the part about how you take your neighbor’s family photo every year – that would be such a dream to have my friends ask me to do things like that! Also the fire pit. Literally as soon as I have a backyard that will be my first purchase. Love fire pits.

    • Nadine

      I hope I’m close enough with my neighbors that they ask me to do things like that. I also hope my photography improves and they’d actually want to! We have one neighbor at my parents house who has a fire pit and it’s like the gathering place of the neighborhood. That’s exactly what I want my house to be!

  • Lauren Harrelson

    Great post! Love the non-obvious way to approach Taylors link up. This has been one of my favorite link-ups!

  • love this. can we share your third person description, just insert my name?! kthanks!

  • Your are my inspiration when it comes to post subjects! Love this!

    • Nadine

      Well thank you! You’re welcome to borrow any ideas. I’d love to read your version!

  • So, can I be your neighbor? Forty years from now you sounds awesome! I love this! This questions really puts in perspective how you want to live your life and the steps you are taking to accomplish that now.

    • Nadine

      It was definitely a good exercise for that. Give it a try!

  • Love the way you approached this! And its a wonderful way to be described. I want to come to your fire pit 🙂

  • I love this! I haven’t really thought about how I would like to be thought of but this seems pretty close!

  • doing this tonight. i hope that people think of me that way. I always imagine what people would say at my funeral but this is a less drastic way of thinking of it.

    • Nadine

      I had never thought about that! Someone else mentioned that it was like the question – what do you want people to say at your funeral. This was much less morbid and more fun! It was most interesting to see how my answer compared with N’s answer.

  • Oh my gosh. I love this. I’ve never thought about how I want others to describe me, but I’m obsessed with this idea. And I will be asking Christian to describe how he sees us as soon as I seen him tonight!

    • Nadine

      I loved hearing N’s answer so I hope you liked your guy’s answer too!

  • I love this concept! What a fun way to think about the future – and it’s totally something I think about also. Love it! great list!

  • I love that. Who wouldn’t want you as a neighbor? Many a times I have sat thought about how I want our neighborhood to be like when we buy a house. How we want to be friends with everyone and have neighborhood parties 🙂

    • Nadine

      I want to be like the main, most friendly, inviting house. Hopefully I can make this happen!

  • Wonderful idea!

  • Tina

    Awh, thats luvly

  • This is my favorite “Someday I Will” post! So inspiring and heartfelt. 🙂

  • What a great spin on this link-up. I really loved it. I am a first time visiter, now a follower, and I feel like I know you after reading that.

    • Nadine

      Well I wasn’t really thinking about that when I wrote this but I’m so glad! I’m not that person yet, but I’m trying to be.

  • What a wonderful description! I would be flattered to be known that way as well!

  • What a great description! Honest, funny and not narcissistic. 🙂

  • Katie (@TheStyleDunce)

    I love what you want to be known for–your laugh, your love for dogs and your closeness to your family. Wonderful post!

  • This is a really sweet idea Nadine!! Your description makes me smile. I’d like to come over a glass or three ’round the firepit as well please! hehe

    • Nadine

      Everyone is always welcome! That’s the idea. Feel free to write your own version!

  • I love it! I love how you took this prompt much differently from the “one day i will win the lottery and buy happiness” deal.

  • I love the picture and I love that description. Yay coffee!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • What I love about this post is that it makes me think introspectively about the person that I aspire to be. How to I want to live my life and who do I want to become? This was fabulous!

    • Nadine

      I’m still working on becoming the person I want to be but it was great to flesh out some details. I really hope I can be this person. I’m trying!

  • I think that was absolutely beautiful. I think I might try it…:)

  • Oh I love this too, I wonder how the neighbours would describe me and Tim

  • This is such a fun idea. I’m totally going to steal it.

    I hope someday those are EXACTLY the things your neighbor says about you.

  • This is one of the best posts I have ever read! Love, LOVE, loved it! Gave me lots to think about, that’s for sure!

    • Nadine

      Well that is a very bold statement! Thank you so much. That means the world to me.

  • Sounds like a pretty wonderful and poetic description I am sure you can live up to!

  • okay this is too sweet. I think about stuff like this all time.

  • I want to be your neighbor! Your future self sounds just like I want my future self to sound!


  • That was wonderful to read. As my hubby Dave and I are moving into our first home next week and plan to live there 20 plus years I hope to be described like this as well. What a sweet thing to talk about with your significant other. I wonder what Dave would say. I’ll have to ask him.

    • Nadine

      Congrats on your new home! I hope you’ve got some wonderful new neighbors!

  • that’s actually so sweet and wonderful. we’d love to be described like that too.

  • Love this so much! That is an awesome description:)

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