Monday, January 28, 2008

Be Careful What You Wish For

I’ve lived in this house for 11 years. Before this house, I was moving from house to house, trying to keep a roof over my kids’ heads. One day while driving to work, I saw this little bungalow out on the highway with a For Rent sign out front. I phoned the number and got it.

All that has changed as of 8 p.m. tonight. The landlord has sold it to a carpenter who can fix it up and we have to move. By March 1.

Now, it wouldn’t be a problem if I had another house to move to. We live in an area where there’s a huge housing shortage as far as rentals go. We never bought a house here because I always planned on moving off this godforsaken peninsula and onto a better place – like the Smokies for instance. However, Smokies is out of the question because I couldn’t leave my son back here with his father as I would miss him terribly.

So, I’m sitting here completely in shock. Not good for a boomer babe.

The thing is I asked for this. Out loud. I should have known better not to give specifics. I should have said, “…and I’d like to know where I’m moving when I do move,” or “…at least give me more than a month to prepare.” But, no….didn’t think of that.

The moral of this story is…be careful what you wish for or when you wish for something, at least be specific.

I'll let you know what happens after this and I hope and pray there's a happy ending.


  1. Any chance that your son could move to the Smokies along with you? As I recall, he did like that area too. You have a real advantage with your line of work in that you can go almost anywhere and find a job. It is too bad the notice is so short but maybe in the long run it will work out for the best. Please keep us updated.

  2. Dorothy - one door closes and another one opens. Sounds trite but it's true. When dh lost his job, we didn't know what to do at first. Then he got a better job where we'd always wanted to live - in Las Vegas and here we are getting ready to move into our own home! I'm wishing the best for you, girlfriend! Hang in there - I know it isn't easy.

  3. Man, Kathy, so you know that gut-wrenching feeling. I got off the phone and said, "I don't know whether to laugh or cry." Did a bit of crying more than laughing, but just a little because I knew I couldn't do this in front of my daughter who was about to freak herself. I talked to someone "up there" and I was a bit specific today and I think I might have found something. ;o)

  4. Oh my, I hope you find something soon, and get settled in..Good luck and don't forget to let us know how you are via this blog


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