A Simple Adventure

While waiting for the decaf to finish brewing, my husband and I talked about the house we saw for sale. I pulled up pictures on my laptop while sitting at the breakfast nook table. Together, we wondered at the deal.

“Let’s drive by it,“ I said.

“We have to go now; it’s getting dark.” He stood with his back against the sink and turned his head toward the coffee pot just as we heard its last sputter.

I shut the computer, knowing he wanted to go as much as I did. “I’ll get the kids.”

“I’ll pour the coffee.” He pulled two mugs from the cupboard.

We loaded the family in the van and sipped on hot drinks while rounding corners through the neighborhood. Seven minutes later we stopped at open gates in the front driveway. A white, colonial style house sat in the trees with a front yard that reminded me of The Secret Garden. Overgrowth spoke of abandonment.

“I’m gonna get out and look,” said Mike.

I felt my shoulders tense. “No one lives here, for sure, right?” I thought of the signs that say, Do not Disturb Occupants. I didn’t want to be intrusive.

He shrugged off my concern and walked right up to the front porch.

“Is there a lock box on it?” I yelled as I opened the passenger side door. He nodded. The kids got really excited.

“It’s got stairs!” Judah said. “I want to get out.”

So, the five of us walked through the back gates, and stark in our faces lay the answer to our question. This house still sat on the market, because water tanks towered outside the backyard. They filled the whole view as sky was barely visible. The horizon couldn’t even be admired. Really, we didn’t need to see anything else.

We piled back in the van and ventured home.

“Well,” I said in a moment that felt a little disappointing, “I still had fun.”

“Me, too,” said Mike.

It was a simple, whimsical adventure with a good friend.

Today I’m joining Kate Motaung and the community at her blog for a Five Minute Friday. We’re writing on the prompt, friend. Hop over to see more posts from this group of writers:)

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