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I’m not the type of girl who will kiss and tell but I can say, my first kiss made quite an impression on me. I remember exactly where I was (Thatcher Woods), the date (September 3), how old I was (sweet 16), what time it was (10:10 a.m.), who I was with (friends from the neighborhood), what I was doing (on a picnic), and who kissed me (a boy that I really liked). As the sun rays cut through the narrow path of trees, I was in love.
What I remember the most was how he made me feel. What I felt was the breezes in the trees and butterflies in my tummy. Some first impressions make an indelible mark that stays with you for a lifetime, with undeniable clarity.
Life is good when somebody makes a good first impression on you and it’s a feeling that you never forget. My first home purchase was like that too. I remember exactly where I was at in Ingleside, Illinois, the date was May 30th, I was a young mother, it was close to noon, my friend Mary stopped by and asked me to go shopping – she thought I meant grocery shopping, I had another agenda. My husband was repairing a roof leak on our rental property and I had just about had it with making all those rental repairs and paying the landlord $120.00 a month (which was a lot of money at that time!)
When Mary asked me where I wanted to go, I navigated her through the streets, telling her precisely which streets to turn down. What Mary didn’t know, is that I was on a house hunt. I didn’t know where my house was going to be, but it had to be anywhere, except Ingleside where the row of cottages lined Squaw Creek, there were no street lights, roads and driveway were unpaved, the channel overflowed and flooded just about every Spring, and home repairs were in excess in that 1939 year old white cottage that the only person who was happy about it, was the Landlord!
ON A MISSION
I was on a mission and Mary was the vehicle I used to get my needs met. I honestly don’t know what kind of car she had, but there was only one thing I was certain of, I wasn’t going back to that rental fixer upper until I found my dream house. As luck would have it, we turned down a street, and as we rounded the bend, I saw a house with a For Sale by Owner sign in the front lawn. I yelled at Mary, “STOP THE CAR!”
Poor Mary still didn’t know what I was up to. I walked up the driveway, rang the bell, and told the lady who answered the door I wanted to see her house. As fate would have it, she let me in and she gave me the grand tour. Mary followed and realized, this was not a shopping spree for fruits and vegetables and other grocery items.
The house had four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a utility room with washer and dryer hook-up, a large kitchen, family room and plenty of closet space. I asked the owner, did the roof leak? She scratched her head and said, no, the house is four years old.
Out back was one acre of land that butted up to the Forest Preserve. What I remember the most was how that land made me feel. What I felt was the breezes in the trees and butterflies in my tummy. Some first impressions make an indelible mark that stays with you for a lifetime, with undeniable clarity. As the sun rays cut through the narrow path of trees, I was in love.
We rushed back home, I got my hubby to come back with me to look at the house, as First Time Home Buyers we got all his VA papers in order, our loan was approved for 10.5% - at that time, it was an excellent rate just before the rates went up to 18 1/2 %, and we closed on the house and moved in shortly thereafter. Of course, I would never buy a home without a Realtor again; however, that house and the land I owned gave me lots of good first impressions.
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