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.

Linda Kay


33 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

awww, a sweet tale. and for a shack, a second chance. :)

Big Sky Heidi said...

A great storey!

William Kendall said...

Well done!

Mike said...

"We need to do something...." was the understatement of the year.

Michelle said...

What an awesome story and a great way to bring an old shack back to life.

Thank you for sharing. I enjoy tales like these.

I appreciate your kind comment on my blog.

Right now I am behind in my reading so I won't be posting much this week.

Have a blessed week!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Aww, you gave a delightful tale.

Anita said...

I love your initiative, your pic & your tale, Linda :)
Happy to be linking up!

John's Island said...

Hi Linda Kay, I do like that story. Your writing abilities are impressive! Thanks for sharing. John

eileeninmd said...

Hello Linda, what a great story.. I like the title and the photo, they are perfect for your story.. Have a happy day!

whiteangel said...

Nice story.

Val said...

Always a good story. My husband is a stone mason, so I really related to the fact that the workers home is the last to be completed. He is the business owner and will often help others and ply is trade, while things here get a little behind. Great story for the picture.

Rain Trueax said...

An uplifting story and interesting photo to have tweaked your imagination :)

Indrani said...

Lovely positive story, well narrated.

Mascha said...

How good, when there are such helpful peoples! With the help of others can stay any dream true...

What a lovely new meme. Congrats.
I will think about writing (today feel yet very ill)

Rebecca said...

Great story. Do you have a finished photo?

Gosia k said...

It is very interesting post I like your story

Lady Lilith said...

Great story. Fun to read. You really painted a nice image with your words to go along with the photograph.

Thanks for sharing.

Rose said...

I enjoyed the story...you might enjoy reading this one: http://picsandpiecing.blogspot.com/2009/02/look-at-me.html

The Yum List said...

The facade of that building is very interesting.

Janie Junebug said...

That's a great story. It makes me feel good.

Love,
Janie

DeniseinVA said...

That was very enjoyable Linda Kay, thank you!

Rory Bore said...

Ah, loved this little story. a new beginning for the couple and the little shack that could. I bet love will grow close in that little abode.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Linda Kay, sweet story! You had me right there in the picture. Well told!

Amy at love made my home said...

What a fabulous story to create from the inspiration of this picture! xx

Gail said...

What a wonderful story.

There were many true stories like that long ago. Few bother to know their neighbors.

Josie Two Shoes said...

I loved this story for two reasons, Linda Kay - first that Jimmy was willing to work to learn new skills and to improve his situation in life, and second because he had a boss that cared. Both are good men, doing what is right, and both will feel good about it at the end of day! Great story, this blog hop is going to be fun!!

Josie Two Shoes said...

Can you find out from your Simply Linked administrator page who wrote the last story and help them fix the link so we can read it?

carol l mckenna said...

Quite the house and delightful story!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

SuperLux said...

I find it always interesting how everyone's stories are so unique yet so alike in many ways.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Louisette said...

nice story Wonderfull foto, greeting from Belgium

bj said...

Good story...hope I remember for next Wed...:)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a nice story, Linda. The feeling of "Home Sweet Home" can make a shack become a palace!

Christian WeiƟ said...

A beautiful capture.

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