My Mom has been trying to sell her house in Monterey, CA for two years and just this week gave up the fight. She’s decided to rent her house so she can move here to Seattle at the end of this month. Her dream of selling her house to enable her to buy a house here has shifted to renting her house there and renting a house here. This is not easy for a woman who has not had to deal with the rental market in over 30+ years and now has to be both landlord and tenant. A woman who, without fail, redecorates, remodels and reinvents every home she’s ever lived in. Luckily, my Mom makes a home out of any house just by being in it, just by being her.
This road has not been easy for her but she wants more than anything to be here, to watch Finn grow up, and to be close to me and my sister. Family is very important to her. I know these past two years have been difficult on her and what lies ahead is somewhat daunting. I know she’s sad to leave California, the ocean and her dog park crush. I know she’s proud and would never readily ask for help.
So that’s why I went ahead and asked for her.
Hey Mom? A bunch of us (me, Dokey, Tomato, Peg & Den, Patti, Mike, Mikey & Meagan, Fella, Shanda, Sharon, Donna, Lisa and Linda) pooled our money together and well, we’ve got $800 to give you to help alleviate the cost of moving. It’s a small gesture in light of all you’ve given to us.
Happy Birthday Mom. We love you.
P.S. Stop crying.
P. P. S. No, you can’t give the money back.
*Photo borrowed from my sister, the photographer.
*I am guest posting on Penelope’s blog today. I talk about smoking weed in England. By mentioning that on a post about my Mom and her birthday I am going to hell. See you there?