March 20, 2012
(The above picture is neither of me, nor of my family)
Homeowners in Canada – it’s a special type, clan, class, department, or order of people – call them what you will – united by one noble and very important idea; to find joy in this process, despite all the time, effort, energy, and material expenses that having a house takes up. I would define this process as a mission.
Really, what could be more important than maintaining relative order in the space whose walls, floors, and roof can be called your own? Another addition to your private property is a little piece of sky above your head.
Homeowners in Canada are special creatures, which are different from apartment dwellers because they have to take the change of seasons very seriously.
A person who lives in a condo can just symbolically switch warm socks for a pair of less warm ones when spring rolls around, whereas homeowners have to journey to their temples – the home improvement stores. Some of them will go there hand in hand not with their spouses, but with contractors.
The homeowners on our street have declared that the winter is over. All the front yards (except for ours) are now free from last year’s leaves, the tree branches are trimmed, and all the trash is packed away in bags.
Why is it, you may ask, that we haven’t yet joined these activities? We have a very good excuse. At the moment, we do not yet have a) gardening shears b) a rake c) large plastic bags and d) a sufficient speed of movement. Besides, on Saturday, we were busy shopping for a mattress for our daughter, which is a whole other story. And on Sunday, we had to visit some friends.
I can already see sarcastic smiles on the faces of our neighbors – a multitude of reasons and excuses will not hide the fact that our front yard is untidy.
At least on Thursday, we are going to have our water meter installed.
Yes, we are slowly mutating and transforming into homeowners.