Many of you know that I’ve been looking for a new home since April 1, when my landlords evicted us so their daughter can move in.
Thank you so much for encouraging me along the way, and helping me keep my head high.
After coming so close to bidding on my “perfect” home a couple of weeks ago, I realized that the neighborhood wasn’t safe for us. So, every weekend, M and I have continued to circle our favorite neighborhoods to check out homes for sale. In the meantime, I’ve been keeping eyes on rentals, too.
When I recently saw this ad for a little home for rent — in my price range, and just blocks from our current home — I had a really good feeling. The current tenants generously offered to be there after work so that M and I could check out this cozy, sunny bungalow.
Wouldn’t you know, that afternoon, M had broken out in hives at school — for the first time in her life, I still don’t know why — but she held it together, itching miserably…thank you, my girl. (And thanks to all of you who kept me calm about those hives via Twitter!)
Yesterday, after M’s soccer game, we went to meet the landlord on person. He seemed reliable, kind, and hard-working. He’d already spoken to my previous landlords over the past six years, who told him that I was very responsible and always paid my rent on time.
Then, however, with M at my side, he said: “I want to give this place to you, but I’m apprehensive.”
I swallowed hard.
“Everyone else I’ve interviewed has a two-person income, and you’re one person. Are you sure you can pull this off?”
“Yes, I’m sure,” I said.
We talked for another half an hour, as I tried to reassure him. We took one more walk through the home, when I realized how disappointed I’d be if he turned us down. This just might be one of my favorite spots in the house, with its antique tub:
That’s when he turned to me said: “You can have it.”
Me: “We can?”
Him: “Yes, I’ll call the other folks and let them know that I’ve decided, which is always hard.”
I hugged M, and said to him: “Thank you, thank you!”
On that note, please come visit my other “new home” today:
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Happy Mother’s Day! — and please do something very special for yourself today, okay?
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