Tearing Down the House

Written by David Leonhardt

Last year, we bought this big ol' 1887 house. We are just now coming to grips withrepparttar magnitude ofrepparttar 100176 "upgrades" planned.

With a baby onrepparttar 100177 way and Little Lady all of two years old burning calories faster than pillagers burnrepparttar 100178 Amazon rainforest, how tough can "upgrades" really be?

Ever since we boughtrepparttar 100179 house, my wife has been urging me to tear "that thing" down.

"That thing", atrepparttar 100180 foot of our lane, had been a shelter to keep kids dry while waiting forrepparttar 100181 school bus. It had seen better days. Like when paint could still be seen onrepparttar 100182 wood. Like when it stood upright taller even thanrepparttar 100183 weeds! before gravity wonrepparttar 100184 battle.

"That thing" was our very own Roman ruins ... minusrepparttar 100185 Roman part, of course. So I finally tore it down.

"What?" my wife asked. "You tore it down?"


"But how will people find us, now?"

We had used "that thing" as a marker, even a beacon. "Turn right on County Road 7, and just keep going until you seerepparttar 100186 eyesore. You can't miss it. That's us."

Houses grow and age just like people. Sometimesrepparttar 100187 old gets inrepparttar 100188 way ofrepparttar 100189 new. Sometimes you have to rip things apart to build them up.

Recently, I was ripping apart a couple walls ofrepparttar 100190 soon-to-be nursery. I assured my wife it would be a two- to four-hour job. To avoid inhaling an overdose of plaster dust, she and Little Lady escaped to exile at Grandma's forrepparttar 100191 afternoon.

Twelve hours later ...

The clock ticked past midnight before those two to four hours showed me mercy. Little Lady and her pregnant mom wisely chose to remain in exile overnight. Instead of resting my weary muscles, I had a jungle of hack, hack - plaster dust nearly a foot deep to dispose of. Beach party, anyone?

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