740. Thaddeus was a little sad

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Thaddeus was a little sad. Sort of. He’d always, since his early twenties, wanted to own a little cottage with an orchard.

He’d worked hard all his life, but with the price of things – the rent, the groceries, his old car always breaking down – he’d never managed to save enough to get a mortgage for a house. He’d never married, but he wished he’d found that other someone. Sort of.

How he loved, when driving around, to see homes as he passed. That one has an orchard! That one has a lovely vegetable garden! Oh the flowers! How pretty is that old gnarled weeping elm! Look at the garden path with its rose covered gate! That house there’s for sale!

How did the people all have homes like that? How did they get the money? He couldn’t have worked harder if he’d tried. He couldn’t have saved more if he’d tried. He couldn’t have done any better than he did.

And now he was old. These days he was on the pension. Even if he had the money there wouldn’t be the time to see things grow. A mature orchard he had planted would never be his. A lily collection! A herb garden to defy belief! An old gnarled weeping elm! A dove cote!

These days, as he drove passed other’s homes, the hope had gone. Thaddeus was a little sad. Sort of.

41 thoughts on “740. Thaddeus was a little sad

    1. Cynthia Jobin

      I have my own lovely little house I moved into two years ago, with plenty of room for gardening, (which I have done richly in the past) now graced only with the surviving unruly perennials planted long ago by previous owners….the trouble is, I can hardly walk. Life is full of poetic justice, ain’t it? Sort of.

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          1. Cynthia Jobin

            We made marigold wine in 2007 from flowers in our garden…delicious! Similar to the dandelion wine I have often made, more of a cordial than a food accompaniment….I still have a couple of bottles I haven’t opened yet…

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  1. Shubha Athavale

    To have a house of my own was a dream come true in Sydney! Two incomes helped, Thad should have married…..

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  2. arlingwoman

    Gaa. House prices. Down the street from me are 2 bedroom bungalows that sell for more than a million dollars. One was a beautiful little arts and crafts home, bought for $1.1 mil, and the buyers RAZED it and built another house on the lot. Huge, of course. Overshadowing the houses on either side. Oy. Housing is a booger. I would have liked an orchard myself, but like Thaddeus, I’m really not too sad about it. Sometimes kind of stunned at the $40K houses going for 1.5 mil, but that’s where I live. Housing seems to be an issue lots of places…

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      It’s because a house is no longer regarded as a place for a family to live but as an investment. One lady in today’s paper has complained about the price of housing. “I should know,” she said, “because I own 61 of them!”

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      1. arlingwoman

        Yup. Same here. When I first saw that beautiful little house razed, it took my breath away, like a crime scene. I just couldn’t imagine the sheer lack of appreciation for the craftsmanship of it (there’s a word I’m grasping for, like luddite, but can’t get to it). Anyway, it’s gone and an enormous version of a country cottage is in its place…

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              1. arlingwoman

                Yes, I was thinking that, too, but I tend to use it in the nasty Victorian way when I use it. The people who tore down the little house deserve it…;-) So nice to vent on them!

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  3. Cynthia Jobin

    Supply and demand….the Chinese are buying up Auckland, and of course Arlington is a very desirable place to live……You all need to move to where nobody really wants to live…like I did….and then it’s all more affordable!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Yes – you other-worldly people are always the same – nearly always right! Damn it!!! Just a few things wouldn’t hurt though… just enough to take the worry away!

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