“And this is just the beginning! Picture a four story tall Ferris wheel over there and a park for toddlers to play next to it, and past that oak tree a whole line of places to eat!”
“But it’s just a broken down old house. Is it safe to live in there? Are we going to live here?”
“I haven’t seen the inside, they said people were living there, squatters or something, they said they moved out. See that spot over there behind that old car body? Picture a swimming pool that just kind of spreads all over that depression, with lounge chairs and shaded patios, drinks delivered to tables!”
“First, you haven’t seen inside the house? I can’t believe you spent our life savings on a house you haven’t seen inside!” and then softening a little, “we own all that land beyond the junked car?”
“Well, the old car marks the boundary of the house lot but I’m sure we could get that land for almost nothing!”
“How about the oak tree?”
“Well, no, not the oak tree, just the lot the house sits on, about five feet on each side. The back yard is huge, about fifty feet by seventy-five feet,” some of the excitement had gone out of his voice and his eyes no longer bugged with enthusiasm. “We could fix up the house some?” he asked, unsure.
“Let’s have a look inside,” she intended to make the best of this, no matter how bad it was.
“Yeah, I bet we could knock out some walls and make a great room out of the living room, you know, if it doesn’t have one already.”
“And maybe patch that big hole in the roof?”
“First thing, as soon as we get moved in!” the sparkle was back in his eyes. “We could get those roof tiles that are solar cells and get off the grid…”