As you know from my previous post, we have moved into an apartment across town from our home which we have had to relinquish to the bank. What originally seemed like a financial no brainer has turned into a case of complete isolation from our friends, our community and everything else that is important to us. We have not begun to unpack any of our boxes. I don't even know where most of my clothes are, nor do I have any intention of trying to locate them.
A couple of weeks ago, "The Boss" went to our house to pick up a few things that we need to add to the clutter of our tiny abode. She was gone for less than an hour when the following text conversation began. THE BOSS: "The house between Wendy and Gina is for rent." (Wendy and Gina and their families live just around the corner from our house.) ME: "Oh yeah? I wish we would have known that before we moved to this little apartment." THE BOSS: "I want that house!" ME: "Me too but we signed a lease here and it will cost a lot to break that lease. Not to mention the security deposit and first months rent on the new place." THE BOSS: "I want that house." ME: "This is not a conversation to have via text messaging. We will talk about it when you get home."
Needless to say, it was a short conversation that took place when she got home. When we moved into this little apartment across town, we took "Tall Stack" (our oldest daughter who just turned nine this month) out of her home, out of her school district and away from her friends. So, two cashiers checks, one broken lease and one freshly signed contract later, we are on the move again. Like a band of gypsies, we are packing up our gear and heading out of here after just over a month.
You might be wondering if this makes any sense financially. I asked myself this same question about 1000 times. Here's the thing though. Keeping "Tall Stack" in her school, living in between two amazing families who are dear friends of ours and not seeing "The Boss" cry every night because she feels so guilty about moving over here in the first place. These reasons are not something that you can slap a price tag on.
So we aren't going home, but we are getting as close to home as we can possibly get and we are looking forward to the BBQs with friends and neighbors. We are looking forward to having space to put all of our stuff again. But most of all we are looking forward to seeing "Tall Stack" return to her school that she loves so much.
It doesn't always seem to make sense at the time, but things really do happen for I reason. It's taken me 36 years to finally believe that. Do you believe it too?