Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This Old House - Wednesday Wit and Wisdom
Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture. When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read. Feel free to also add this picture to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page.
This Old House -
Jimmy and Tina moved in with their parents when they were married, as they had no money to have a place of their own. Tina found a job at a local restaurant, and Jimmy was able to find employment with a contractor doing some unskilled work. Jimmy was hopeful that he would be able to learn skills and eventually make more money. They scrimped and saved until one day Jimmy had the opportunity to buy an old run-down shack near the edge of town. Tina thought he had lost his mind to think he could make the old shack look like something they could live in, but Jimmy wasn't deterred by her skepticism. They purchased the property through the bank with a very small loan. Over the next several months, Jimmy would bring home scraps of lumber to help work on the interior of the house. The biggest boon for him was when his boss gave him several tons of stone to use to spruce up the exterior of the house. For weeks Jimmy worked long hours attempting to lay the stone, but he was tired and felt he wasn't making much progress.
One day his boss and foreman were driving by the house. They stopped to take a look at what was happening with the remodeling efforts and were in shock when they saw the house pictured in the photo above.
"We need to do something to help these kids out," said the foreman to the boss.
They spread the word out to their builders and subcontractors. Finally, with a little coordination, lumber was delivered, roofing was secured, masons brought mortar and tools, and a crew of carpenters ascended on the property to help Jimmy one Saturday. Over the next several weekends, work went on to rebuild the shack. When it was finished Tina cried as Jimmy hugged her. For them it was a palace, a home of their own. The shack that no one wanted became an opportunity for many hard-working people to make a difference in the life of a man whose dreams were bigger than his means.
Now it's your turn: Please join in with the link below to share your story with a picture. I'm also joining Rubbish with Roan.