By Diane Ako
My cousin Jan and I were hanging out at her house in Manoa, talking. (See previous post on how the Ako side can talk forever.) One thing led to another and pretty soon we were playing the What If game; this version had me moving in to a house in her neighborhood.
I'm pretty ensconced in our home and moving is not on the agenda for many reasons, but Jan was very keen on me doing this, and listed out a whole pros and cons list (in which there were no cons other than a big mortgage) (oh yeah, that little thing - money).
Jan's list, in order of appearance:
-You can move your parents into the bottom floor, it's perfect!
-You can rent the bottom floor when you don't have parents in it.
-You can rent the cottage in back and have more rental income.
-You can not rent the cottage in back and let your in laws stay in there when they come for months at a time.
-You can put your child in one of the nearby good schools, private or public!
-You can have a shorter commute.
-You can be nearer to us.
She had the whole financial picture worked out on how I could afford a home that's out of my price range. She mentally renovated, redecorated, and relandscaped this person's house to accommodate my family's needs.
The whole thing is set - other than the small fact that this person is still living there, doesn't know we have designed on this property, and doesn't even have the house on the market. Just details, it can be worked out.
I mentioned this funny conversation to Claus when I got home. I left out the "living with my parents" part. We both love our parents and like our in-laws, but we like to be polite when broaching the subject of large life changes.
The following week found me back at Jan's house - with Claus and several other people at the table. This fantasy subject came up again. Very early in the conversation, Jan mentioned the whole "living with the Ako parents" part.
Have you seen an unsocialized cat when startled by a human? Eyes get big as saucers, cat levitates in air? That was my normally mellow husband. "WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, YOU DIDN'T MENTION THAT PART!!!" exclaimed a stunned Claus.
Conversation at the table entirely stopped for a few seconds before bursting out into uncontrollable laughter. Jan looked caught off-guard, like, Was I not supposed to say that?
Embarrassed, I backtracked and said, "I, um, think I left that part out since we were just fooling around anyway. Sorry."
And now I know it's also possible for humans to levitate as well when startled!