A great but short visit
Sunday November 28th 2010, 9:40 pm
Filed under: Family

To top off our weekend with our son: the phone rang last night.

John’s apartment lease is up at the end of this month (like, now) and he did not want to sign for another year’s stint there. He was going to go Monday to sign the papers at a new place, wincing at the rent.

That phone call was an offer from a relative we know and love well, who knew none of that, who found himself suddenly needing a house sitter. Like, now.  Wondering if he might be interested in a room downstairs?  Free rent if he would bring in the mail and give them a call if anything happened like that time the neighbor’s tree fell on the house? Their leftovers fair game when they left town and his fair game any time they might arrive late at night?

I had no idea what the conversation was but I was watching his eyes go big. The generosity of the offer! And the *timing*!

When he gets back here for Christmas I think I need to send him back with a chocolate torte, ready for them to find in their freezer as leftovers. Wow. Thank you!


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that is so awesome!

Comment by Bev 11.29.10 @ 7:13 am

Life always seems to balance itself out, doesn’t it?

I am happy about this twist for your son. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 11.29.10 @ 7:22 am

my husband and I met because his aunt and uncle (who’s daughter lived two doors away from them, LOL!) suddenly “HAD to have a house sitter” for the time they wintered in Florida. We went on a blind date and 33 years later the rest is history. Tell you son to enjoy the opportunity. You never know what’s in the future.

Comment by Jody 11.29.10 @ 7:22 am

No coincidences, but hooray for it!

Comment by Channon 11.29.10 @ 7:34 am

UM, planned-overs sound so yummy.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.29.10 @ 7:46 am

The Lord provides.

Comment by Don Meyer 11.29.10 @ 9:37 am

Coincidence? Here, we call it Providence! They’re gonna love that torte…I know I loved mine…

Comment by Ruth 11.29.10 @ 1:43 pm

How wonderful for John as well as for the relative.

I love the singing.

Comment by RobinM 11.29.10 @ 1:48 pm

Serendipity, a chocolate torte, The Lord knows when to fill a need.I think”He” has a sweet tooth too.

Comment by kris 11.29.10 @ 6:59 pm

This is true negotiating – when the deal brings new value to both sides. Three sides if one counts the parents who are happy to have their son in a good situation.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.29.10 @ 7:56 pm

good things in the works. so cool!

Comment by marti 11.30.10 @ 10:09 am

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