We lived in a comfortable apartment, the first floor of a small house, which had ample space for us, our 7 year old daughter and two cats. We had a fireplace, full basement, a nice porch to sit on, and upstairs neighbors with healthy libidos. We were in our mid 20's. Life was good.
Then, we got pregnant.
At first, we didn't think much of our living arrangements. My young-wife and I were both growing larger day by day -- this of course was because she would send me out to Burger King or Carvel or the grocery store in the middle of the night and be sound asleep by the time I got back with whatever her latest craving was.
We were young,
Then came the nesting.
Are you familiar with the nesting?
And so - in her third trimester - my round-wife proclaimed
"We need a house."
This was the late eighties people. Interest rates were through the roof, houses were selling like wildfires and were totally overpriced.
We went to see houses everyday - and the ones we bid on were already sold by the time we picked up the phone.
One afternoon our realtor called and told us she had a house for us to see.
We went immediately. It was getting dark.
We walked through - we noticed the house seemed to have a kitchen and bathroom and we saw no obvious holes or missing walls. We put a downpayment on it right then.
Did we see potential?
My ready-to-burst wife needed a house NOW.
This would have to do.
We went back later in the week to see just what the hell we actually bought.
It was at this time we noticed the house was somewhat ugly (notice the aluminum awnings), needed a bit of work (also the aluminum siding),
and had a back yard big enough for horses.
We're gonna need a bigger lawn mower.