Thursday, July 22, 2010

The New Old Guard

We bought our house under power of sale, just as the neighbourhood was turning around. The neighbours liked us right off because, unlike our predecessors, our marriage wasn’t failing, we actually mowed the lawn, and we had a little extra money for making things nicer. Seventeen years and two children later, and the stakes are much higher. We’ve had a toilet on the front porch since March waiting for enough money to finish the bathroom, while a new, younger couple has purchased the house next door for a small fortune, with money left over for a month’s worth of construction.

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