|Hello there, I'm a house. I'm a little bit ratty to look
at because I've been empty for quite a long while now. I bet you didn't
know houses get lonely too, but we do.
I started out my life just before what you humans called
WW2. I was all bright and shiny and looking forward to having my own family.
A sweet young couple moved in and I was happy and hopeful. Then one day
the man got dressed in a pretty uniform and went away. He never came back.
After he left there were nights when the lady talked to me and cried a
bit. Then one day some people came and she cried alot. She left shortly
after that and I sat there alone, watching the other houses with their
families. I didn't know what to think.
Over the following years I had many families stay in me
for awhile, but none seemed to stay for long. The other houses were sympathetic
at first, but they began rattling their shutters at me after awhile, saying
there must be something wrong with the way I was built. With each family
that left my shutters drooped and my rafters sagged a little more. Then
for a long while there was nobody. Sometimes someone would stop and look
and I would try real hard to straighten my eaves and look friendly, but
they shook their head and walked away. Too old, they'd say...worthless.
One man said I should be torn down as an eyesore. I was very afraid.
I had a family of cats for awhile there, but I was too
cold and drafty and they moved on too. "I'm sorry", I called, "I didn't
mean to have my windows all broken and the rain getting in, really I didn't".
The mother cat told me she knew that but she had her babies to think of,
they needed to be warm and dry. She hoped I'd find someone to love me soon.
I cried that night...houses do cry when they're unloved and unwanted.
The family of mice that moved in hurt me with their burrowing,
but they were all I had. I had hopes that they would gnaw off a wire and
let me go out in a flame. Ah, but I forgot, my power was turned off long
ago. So, I spent my days in pain and sadness. The trees and vines
tried their best to hide my shame and sorrow but nothing could hide the
emptiness. It was so cold and lonely.
But just yesterday, only one day past, a young man came
in with his wife and 2 dear little children. They walked all around me
and actually came inside. He touched my walls and caressed my woodwork
with gentle hands. "Can't find workmanship like this anymore", he said.
She explored my kitchen spaces and my closets and rooms. The children gayly
sang and talked about having a room of their own. I held my breath and
tried very hard to think welcoming thoughts, they SMILED at me, they REALLY
smiled at me. They're going to BUY me. Oh JOY, Oh BLISS!!! I'm going to
have a FAMILY!!!! I AM SOOOO HAPPY!!!!
By: Wayne Pond
Copyright © 01-26-03