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The Ripple Effect

August 6, 2007

I’ve heard it said the life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. Well, when we found out that the Husband had been RIF’d we had to notify our tenants that we would need to be moving back into our house here in San Diego.

Our tenants have been awesome. They are Navy and have been in the house for three years. They have a teenage daughter who is in a wheelchair, as well as a one-year-old. As timing would have it, when I called to notify them that we needed to essentially kick them out, I realized that their older daughter had just gone through major surgery and was in a body cast.

I felt bad enough about having to give them notice, when I then found out that the husband was out to sea. So this poor woman is essentially a single mom, for the moment, of an active toddler and a teenager in a body cast. Here comes Mrs, Scrooge to kick them out of their house.

All I can say is that Kim is a better woman than I am. She took it all in stride and basically said the only thing that could be said, “Well that stinks.” And with that she somehow managed to find another place to live in about 4 days and will be moving out on August 19, about 21 days after we gave notice.

Just to give you an idea about how wonderful she is, she called me on Sunday to let me know that they would be out in two weeks, but wanted to make sure that I would be by the house to water all the beautiful flowers that she had planted. She’s amazing in the midst of trying to pack up, care for her daughter and waiting for her hubby to return she wanted to make sure the flowers at my house don’t die.

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