As you may or may not know, my son and daughter-in-law sold the house they have lived in for many years and bought a much smaller, older house that had belonged to Betty Zvesper. Todd and Karen’s three sons are grown and on their own so they wanted less house to maintain. The Kunkle Drive house had our family members living in it since Dane moved back here in 1980…Dane, Julie, Mackenzie, Todd, Karen, Rod, Drew, Tyler all lived there at one time or another.
And, they wanted the house to be new…new bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, counter tops, flooring, painting, doors, windows, driveway, patio, et al …all new. The house needed to be totally gutted and remodeled so they had to find a place to live during that process. All their household belongings are in containers in the front yard. The house was a shell. The alternative was for them to move in with me. They arrived after the first of the year and since then I have lovingly referred to them as the “troglodytes who live in the dank, dark caverns below”…
It has been a running joke among us about their long, extended visit. Will they ever leave? They never expected to be here this long. I knew from experience they would be here a long time and I’ve loved having them here. I love their company and helping hands. It’s nice having someone else rattling around in my home. My laundry, all clean and folded, mysteriously appears in my bedroom. The aroma of cookies baking wafts through the house at night, masking the nice odors from dinner. The trash is always out on the appointed day, not a day late. Grocery shopping became a thing of the past for me. I’ve been spoiled. I’d really rather they didn’t leave, but that’s the way it is.
Last evening, Todd was telling me how well the remodeling project is going, how happy they are with their choices and the results…and how clean and pretty it is. They are planning on moving furniture back in the house this weekend. They are excited about it.
“In fact”, he said, “Karen and I have decided it looks so nice this way that we’ll move all our furniture back in, get it just the way we want it and then continue living with you. We’ll just go over there and visit from time to time so we can keep it nice and clean and continue to live here and mess up your place.”
They may be serious