A rolling stone…
Posted May 6, 2007on:
…gathers no moss. That’s an old proverb that means a person who moves about a great deal and never settles down anywhere will not do well. That probably held true in the 1500s, about the same time this proverb was first recorded. However, in this global age, staying put could very well prove to be more detrimental to a person.
During our first 7.5 years together, we stayed with my mom-in-law, occupying a mere bedroom with a toilet/bath. It started sparse but slowly got filled. What started with just Jerry and me on 1 bed then, became Jerry, me, Matt, Kyle and the nanny on 3 beds and a crib. By the time we were able to purchase our 1st property, a condo in Guadalupe, our room was bursting with our things and baby paraphernalia.
MIL must have been proud of her son, my hubs, for finally being able to “live on his own” and rear a growing family. Jerry then was just making a meager income from a distribution company that more often than not, fell short of our basic needs. It was a managerial position that paid lower than a call-center agent’s wage. It was just not enough for a family of 4 plus nanny and house help. But Jerry loved the job and put in more hours than anybody in that company ever did.
It was something that my MIL took notice of, and probably made her think of ways to help her hardworking son. When we moved 7.5 kilometers away from her house, she made it a point to always send her driver to bring us food, everyday! Nakakainggit ano? 😛 I digress.
7.5 years (this magical number again :)) later, we found ourselves in a parallel situation. A big move was in the horizon. And it couldn’t have come at the most appropriate time! Our condo was up for sale even if there was initially no plan to move. We just wanted to cash in and pay off our obligations from the profit without actually looking for a new place. Though we looked at a few properties, we were in no hurry. Priority was to be finally debt-free.
I guess God had other BETTER plans for us which makes me think we must have done a lot of good things to deserve this. (Frenemy will smirk now and roll her eyes when she sees this.) Hee! Long story short, the heavens conspired for us to be able to acquire a new place again. Yun lang!
And now I’m here sitting in my new dining room/kitchen partly in disbelief that we have actually moved…today… on May’s birthday (Happy birthday! Mwah!)… There are still a lot of work to be done around here… It’s not a huge manse, but enough for us to stay put and gather moss, so to speak. At least for the next 7.5 years… or less.