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Donna Barker

Taking my chances on HGTV


I faced a couple big disappointments during the past few weeks.

First of all, I was not the winner of the HGTV million dollar house contest, which culminated on March 17 with a random drawing on national television. If I had won, I would have been the proud owner of $1.3 million home in Park City, Utah, plus $500,000 in cash, and a new GMC Terrain vehicle. On top of my HGTV disappointment, I was also not the winner of the $665 million Mega Millions lottery drawing either.

In all honesty, I can’t complain about the MegaMillions lottery, since I didn’t buy a ticket. That only seems fair that I didn’t win.

But the HGTV contest is an entirely different story. I entered that contest faithfully, twice a day, online for probably the last month. My husband and I even briefly considered canceling a weekend trip away, so we would be home when the television cameras came to our house to announce our big win. Fortunately, we didn’t cancel our plans.

One of my problems with not winning the HGTV contest is the fact I don’t think the woman who won was that deserving. She hadn’t even been to Utah before! She had no driving force to live in Utah, even as a vacation home. My husband and I, on the other hand, love Utah. We consider it our home away from home because we have two daughters, a son-in-law and two granddaughters living there. Why, even my most regular hair stylist lives in Utah.

Though I know dreams are just dreams and not reality, I still had a lot of big plans formulating in my mind for that Utah house, and my husband had big plans for the Terrain. I’m not bitter, just a little bruised.

But as my daughter tells me “it is what it is,” and I have to move on with my life. Sometimes, as parents, our children can get on our nerves when their wisdom is greater than our own.

But, the reality of my life is I don’t own a new house in Utah; I don’t own a new Terrain; and I’m not a multi-millionaire. Truth can be painful sometimes.

However, I’m still a bit of an optimist, and in the far corner of my mind, I have a glimmer of hope that this coming year could be my year.

The HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2012 is a modern house located in the Atlanta community of Serenbe, plus some cash and a new GMC Terrain. I have never been to Atlanta before, but if this year’s winner had never been to Utah, I could certainly claim the Atlanta house. It only seems fair to me.

That’s what I like about being an optimist. There’s always another sunrise; there’s always another contest; and there’s always the possibility that I will be randomly selected from millions and millions of people to win a completely furnished, eco-friendly new house in Atlanta.

Life is full of possibilities.

BCR Senior Staff Writer Donna Barker can be reached at dbarker@bcrnews.com.