True stories with a twist!

THE VIEWING

“Sure, we’d love to come over Friday night and see your new condo.”

It must be a huge weight off their shoulders; finally leaving their big house of thirty years, downsizing and squeezing into a condominium. Otherwise known as “Let’s see which of your possessions are REALLY important to you!”

Out with the children’s report cards from 1st grade forward, out with their cute drawings, with people’s hands appearing from the tops of their heads. No necks, no shoulders, just arms jutting out from heads. 

Out with clothing on the verge of becoming “vintage.”

Out with the clever kitchen gadgets nobody could live without. The yogurt-makers, the air deep fryers, the jelly donut-filling syringes.

Out with text books that no self-respecting former student could use for research. 

A clean start. How inspiring!

The night we arrived at the rows of identical buildings, block after block, trying to find our friends’ unit. We had trouble locating it so. we called them for directions. They said, “The GPS doesn’t have the name of our street yet.!” So we did it the old fashioned way: turn left at the post office, stay straight for 6 blocks and make a “U” turn right past the “Dunkin’ Donuts.” Another left, a few rights, just park outside and ring the bell.

So we did it, found it, got there and rang the bell.

After pleasantries the host began our anticipated tour of the new condo.

“This lot is a prime location. It cost us a little more, but it was worth it.”

“We stood at the living room window. As we looked outside we saw two lanes of busy traffic, each one perpendicular to the other. A three way traffic light was on the corner. Cars were at a stand-still, struggling to move, bumper to bumper. Our host proudly said, This is what we love most: He gestured grandly with a sweeping motion to the outside and said:

“Look at that view!”images

Comments on: "THE VIEWING" (30)

  1. Made me laugh Ronnie, each to their own I suppose, but could think of many better views than a two lane highway and traffic lights.

  2. Different strokes…

  3. Aaw i am also considering downsizing in the future. 🙂 🙂

  4. I think I must have lived in the next building at sometime in one of my past lives. The view seems familiar 😄

  5. jnlmurphy said:

    SWEETHEART, RONNIE I AM SO PLESED FOR YOUYOU ARRIVED AT THE RIGHT TIME AT THE CHOICE PLACETO ENJOY THE NEXT PHASE OF YOUR LIFE.  IT IS A MAJORDECISION AND YOU HAVE TO FEEL READY TO MAKE THE SWEEPINGCHANGE.MY LOE TO YOU, YOU ARE A LADY OF BROAD INTERESTS, AS WELL ASTHE RANGE OF INTERESTS YOU AND HARVEY SHARE TOGETHER.SOMEONE TO LOVESOMETHING TO DOAND SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

  6. Perfect bathos

  7. That’s why my in-laws are having such a tough time deciding whether to move! Less to take care of in a condo, but less space and less view, and often for the same price!

  8. I hope he continues to feel the freedom of his downsizing, and that the “view” doesn’t one day lose its luster! LOL!

  9. We still live in the ‘now too big house because the kids grew up and moved away.’ We have no intentions of downsizing the house. We purge belongings regularly, but for the sake of our marriage we will hang on to a place big enough that we can each disappear from the other’s sight and mind for hours on end!

  10. Ha haha.I would die with that view. Literally, die.

  11. It is all in the eye of the beholder!

  12. Awwww! I suppose it is all in the individual perception. But do you see what I see?

  13. Surely he was jesting out that being a great view. I do understand the need and pleasure of downsizing but not the busy town.

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