They gave up on moving. They weren’t underwater
but they waded knee deep in the waters of debt.
Five houses on the block were up for sale back then.
The prices fell before the Century 21 sign had fallen.
And like so many, not selling meant staying and fixing.
He sat at the kitchen table with a guy from Sears.
Fascinated by the salesman’s Powerbook and how
you could drop it, hammer it or stomp on it and
it would still work. He listened to stories of how
you used to be able to order an entire home from
the catalogue, have it delivered and assembled.
They played with the software, with a few clicks
of a mouse he transformed the old house into his
dream home- red door, black shutters, white siding.
If only it was that easy he thought and told the man
to write him up for a new roof, on payments of course.