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     New Vs. Old Pond
 New Pond Issues vs. Old Pond Perfection

A Day in the Life

In the midst of all my anxieties, I finally got an acceptable offer for my house! This is the day I have been waiting for. This is the day I have been dreading. It is the concrete forward move, something that says we are really doing this thing and now, we can’t go back. It took me about 3 hours to actually say “yes” and once I did, I felt an exhilaration that I hadn’t expected. I was suddenly aware that Florida was within my reach. I had been looking at pictures of homes emailed to me by a Florida realtor every day for months. I had already made one trip down to Cape Coral to see houses in person. It still didn’t seem real… Now it looked as though everything I was doing had purpose.

    

Purpose? I have been living in the house my family bought in 1949, the house in which I was raised, of which I took legal ownership in 1994 and had installed my first little preformed pond in 1992. It’s the same yard where I had my wild Sweet 16 birthday party, the one that alienated me from all my regular friends… I hadn’t invited them. I had only invited the FUN people, the class clowns. I wanted to have a really good time, to laugh, to be free, and I have to say it was everything I wanted from a party. One of the boys was aiming the garden hose through the door at us in the house… what a scream! I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun again. The place was drenched, wrecked; my parents had gone out for the afternoon, and I don’t remember the outcome when they got back.

The garage has pencil inscriptions on the wood inside, the names of each childhood friend and the name of the horse we were pretending to be that day. I grew up in the Roy Rogers, White Mane and the Lone Ranger era. We kept score on the walls. My son says he can cut out a piece of the wood to take with me. The cellar stairway still has chew marks from my first dog, when he tried to eat his way through the door. Tippy was terrified of fireworks. They put him downstairs for his own protection.

The rooms upstairs were built for me and my sister to have our own bedrooms but Nana moved in before it ever came to fruition. So we shared a room upstairs for the next ten or twelve years. These days, both rooms are occupied by unrelated tenants, or I could hardly afford to continue living here. It’s as though my life is flashing before my eyes.

 

Out back is the big pond that I labored over day and night and cried about when I could not get the skimmer to work. In the pond you will find the first koi I ever bought, swimming happily with her friends, after 14 years. I gave her injections for Aeromonas every other day and she survived. Is she going to be sold with the house or come to Florida with me? There’s the huge golden-yellow butterfly and the male Aka Bekko with flowing fins and tails that have also been my friends for nearly as long. And what about the ghost koi with the extra long fins, a spectacular fish such as nobody has ever seen before? Will he like Florida? Or will they all continue to endure New York winters? I can’t even think about it now.

Look across the street, behind me or next door at the neighbors who have known me for so many years. I know they won’t keep in touch. They will be too busy to write. Life is like that.

But what is this?? The very next day I received a call from my realtor who dropped the bomb… the deal had already fallen through. How? Why?? The people just found another house, that’s all. My house is not sold after all. My fish are still mine. My neighbors and I are still neighbors… until the next time.

I might be a little histrionic right now but the suspense is killing me.

by Carolyn Weise
Ecological Laboratories, Inc.

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