Mom has been living several miles north of the house for several years now. She rented it out for a while but that carries its own headaches so it sat empty for a time. Sitting empty is hard on a house and my last memories of that one are of tearing out false ceilings, scrubbing down walls, and general repair stuff.
I suppose the strangest thing was, moving away from it, then moving back to it, then moving away again, then occasionally visiting the folks there until Mom moved out for good. Still, it wasn't like we were constantly on the move. We went on long distance vacations every year but most of the real moving around was after I graduated from high school and started touring with the bands. Touring like that meant a new city every 2 or 3 weeks but since you always lived in Holiday Inns, in that respect, it was like you never went anywhere at all. It was almost like somebody came in and changed the pictures on your wall every 2 weeks!
I rarely stayed anywhere long enough to get tired of it, although I did stay in Kingman Arizona for a month and yes, I was more than ready to leave.
Touring like that was a dream come true for a kid, but nice as it was seeing all the new places, living with various guys in a motel room wears pretty thin after a very few years. Now I may travel 80 miles, 3 or 4 days a week, or I might play 10 minutes from the house. I hate the 80 mile trips to Kansas City but it's really nice to come home every night.
It would be nice if Mom could move down here where I could see her every day, but I know she has an extensive friend network and of course, ties to the area she's lived in all her life. While we can't be together as much as we'd like, I think she'd be bored to death down here. So, I'll just get up there as often as I can. John
Wow, you went trhough a lot with/in that house!
Since I am an Army brat, I do not know what it would be link to have lived in a single location most of my childhood, in some ways I wish I did know and in others I am glad to have traved so much.
Where will mom move to now? WIll she stay in the area where she is? Move near you?
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Well having said all that, Mom finally sold the house. I'm so glad she's out from under it. Of course, it means I'll never see the house I grew up in again. I started life there, we moved away for years, we moved back and moved away again. But I was always able to visit there. Over the years it changed a lot. Separate rooms became single, larger rooms. A large section was added to the back. Doors were sealed and new doors were made. The kitchen sink started out on one wall and moved to another. It didn't much resemble the house it started out to be. The street was widened so most of the front yard disappeared. Innumerable Christmases, Thanksgivings and summer vacations were spent there. Watched countless hours of television, including the Moon landing there. I learned to play guitar there.
One stormy night the whole family was awakened and gathered at my bedroom window to see what was going on outside and under the street light we wathed a tornado blow through between our house and the one next door, picking up a wooden shed, flattening it and carrying the debris away. The next morning we saw where it had done other peculiar things. We were very lucky that night. Still, it had changed so much physically, it was hard to relate the memories with the way it looked in the end.
I've changed too, of course. So has my Mom. I suppose in a way, I still play with toys. I just don't crawl around on the floor with them. I still watch television, although it's much larger now. I still watch storms from my window, although if it's too violent, I know enough to get away.
Now that the money has changed hands and the legal stuff is all out of the way, Mom has started talking about a Florida trip next year. As much as things have changed, I'm glad that not everything has. John
There must be thousands of lawyer jokes, and I bet new ones every day. For that matter, there are quite a few musician jokes. I'll have to go into those one of these days. John
Yeah, lawyers are so annoying and take so much of the money!
Joke: What do you call 100 lawyers at the bottom of a lake? A good start.
Talk about complex...My mother is selling her own home because she's currently living in her late husband's home. The one she's living in now will revert to his kids. Selling her home was complicated by the fact that her earlier late husband had kids and 60% of whatever she sold it for had to go to them. She found a buyer well over a year ago but the legal issues of the sale have held it up all this time. A few days ago the lawyers tried to give her a $9000 check which was waaay below the agreed on price and she refused it. Dancing around with lawyers is an exercise in patience and frustration. John