By David Giffels
With the lyrics of a Replacements track operating via his head ("Look me within the eye, then inform me that i am satisfied"), David Giffels—with his spouse and youngster son in tow—combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, looking for the best residence for his burgeoning relations. the hunt ends on the entrance door of a pretty yet decaying Gilded Age mansion, the once-grand former place of dwelling of a rubber-industry government. It lacks practical plumbing and electrical energy, leaks rain like a sketch shack, and is infested with all demeanour of flora and fauna. yet for a tender father at a coming-of-age crossroads, the problem is exactly the attract. the entire approach house is Giffels's humorous, poignant, and confounding trip during the nice event of restoring a crumbling apartment with the intention to learning what the phrases "grown up" and "home" quite suggest.
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A ll t h e Wa y H o m e [ 39 Despite all the things she could have chosen to comment on, Gina said she loved the color of the walls. They were painted a dusty pink, with a tone suggesting the patina of its years, appearing to be both faded by sun and darkened with soot. Tucked around a corner at the near wall was a separate dressing area with cedar closets and small English casement windows set high in the wall. At the far wall was a white marble fireplace with a wide mantel. These things became our focus.
Why were these signs always lying in the weeds? I stopped for a look. A different real estate company. I wrote down the number and called that afternoon. ” I asked. There was a problem at the closing, the woman said. A dispute over who would pay for termite treatment. I tried to remove the word termite from her answer, hastily reckoning that termites couldn’t do much damage to a brick house. Could they? I asked if I—if we, my wife and I—might be able to see the house. The woman said yes, but she would have to contact the owner to set up a time.
I asked. There was a problem at the closing, the woman said. A dispute over who would pay for termite treatment. I tried to remove the word termite from her answer, hastily reckoning that termites couldn’t do much damage to a brick house. Could they? I asked if I—if we, my wife and I—might be able to see the house. The woman said yes, but she would have to contact the owner to set up a time. When we pulled into the driveway for our appointment with A ll t h e Wa y H o m e [ 33 the real estate lady, the sun disappeared above the arch of trees and vines—vines that crossed and doubled back and crossed again in a troubled wild lattice.
All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House by David Giffels