Friday, February 1, 2019

What Would You Sacrifice for a Huge Reward?

The question posed for this month's challenge was:  

You have been offered the following challenge - to live in a tiny house, off grid, for a year and you will be rewarded with $100,000.  Will you do it?  Why or why not?

When I read this, I laughed out loud.  Not only would I do it -- but I already had.  When my hubby suggested we purchase property to build our dream home I was hesitant because it was far from the lifestyle I had grown accustomed to.  However, the potential of turning this into something far beyond that dream was exciting.  

We got up early to catch a ferry to a place I never heard of before.  Finding out that this was only the first of two ferries, each a 40 minute mini-cruise, with a long drive in between, was not a pleasant memory.  My doubts were building but I convinced myself to "Look first; then decide."

Arriving at this small village was similar to a ghost town with a run-down hotel, a boat launch, and a gas station.  The hotel housed the post office and a small grocery store.  As we drove onto the property he wanted to purchased, I watched my hubby's entire face light up.  

The panoramic view of the ocean, mountains, and surrounding islands was breath-taking but the house.......not so much.  Eight of the 15 acres were a nursery with several people tending the bedding boxes and flowering terraces.  This would now become my job. My first thought was "I can barely keep my house plants alive."  

We drove up a steep hill and stopped in front of the oddest shaped house I had ever seen.  It was 75% glass in the shape of a geodesic dome.  The grand tour took about a minute to cover the 400 square feet of living space.  The yellow cedar interior was beautiful and hand crafted throughout live there?  With two kids and dogs?  More importantly, where was the toilet?

The owner smiled as he led us to the outhouse a few yards away.  Laughing out loud I knew we would never live here.  Seven years later, when we sold it, I cried.  Many emotions were stirred.  Raising our children in this beautiful place helped teach them skills they could never have learned anywhere else.  

Because their father had to earn a living in the city and the distance was not conducive to coming home regularly, we usually saw him once a month for a weekend.   This was difficult and many sacrifices were made by each of us.  

Our water lines froze regularly in the winter.  Telephone service was iffy at best.  Traveling an hour to the closest laundromat certainly wasn't my idea of fun.  Home schooling the kids had its moments -- not all of them pleasant.  

Years later when I asked the kids about these memories they both agreed that it was one of the best times of their lives.  Their playground was acres long with unlimited discoveries to make including large and small breeds of wildlife.  They learned how to create activities, help one another in difficult situations, and appreciate family, nature and their creator.

Did I get $100,000 for living off the grid, having little human contact, feeling lonely most of the time, learning how to cope with Murphy's law "If something can go will."  NO, but I got a lot more than I had bargained for and yes, we made a good profit.

This challenging question was given to me by           

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1 comment :

  1. Your new home looks and sounds amazing! Two moves in one year----yeah, I would fall asleep against a wall, too!!