It’s A Lifestyle Choice
November 27, 2005
Last Sunday night, Extreme Home Makeover was on television and because Rob was away I let the the kids stay up and watch it.
“Wait a minute, let me get this straight. So, they give these people a whole brand new house and brand new stuff?” my 9 year old son asked.
“Yes.” I answered.
“Can’t we get them to come here? I mean look at this place!”
“Well, we choose to live this way. We enjoy restoring our old house. And well, we aren’t economically disadvantaged.”
The looks on their faces let me know that they didn’t know the new pc word. “Poor. We’re not poor.” I explained. “Typically they are people who can’t afford to fix up their houses and they have also endured some sort of hardship.”
“Hardship, like what?”
“Uh, I don’t know like they have been shot, paralyzed and forced to drag their body 10 miles through the snow for help because their infant triplets were starving.” I said.
“Okay, I am mostly kidding. I think this man on the show had to cut off his own arm in a tragic fishing accident.”
“What do you think I could get for a toe? I am totally willing to part with a toe if I could get a cool bedroom like that one.”
If anything motivates you to tackle projects around the house it is your children offering up their body parts in exchange for home improvements. So we used this long weekend to knock out the wall that separates our kitchen from our family room and to remove the hideous dropped ceiling and fluorescent light fixtures that have disgraced our house for too many years. What would ever make someone put those things in an historic old house? It felt like we were releasing our house from bondage.
I say we, but really my part was helping to clean up the horrific mess that only smashed plaster and lathing can make. I also ooohed and aaahed when appropriate and ogled my husband’s butt while he was up on the ladder. You know, the important things.
I would show the before and after pictures, but I don’t have a computer anymore. At least not until December 6th when my brand new laptop is scheduled to arrive.
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