Day-month-year One: What? A “great room”? A great room! We have arrived! What an awesome open floor plan! And that ceiling! Truly, fit for a cathedral.
Year 17: What was so “great” about this huge space? Arrrgh! It’s too big to talk in a normal speaking voice! And drafty. Too small for real privacy! And no walls! We need walls! For bookshelves! To hang art! And the ceiling? It’s just the shape of the roof, not a cathedral!
Day-month-year One: What a great cut! She is sooo hot with her hair like that! I am so lucky to have her on my arm!
Year 17: That ’do cost how much!?
Day-month-year One: What a man! What a manly man! That beard! Rowr!
Year 17: Get away from me with that brushpile on your face!
Day-month-year One: What a nice red brick patio! How lovely, the way the baby green grass peeks around the bricks in the spring!
Year 17: Brick patio? What patio? In that grass? Did we used to have a patio?
“Mortgage” comes from an old legal term meaning “death pledge,” meaning the pledge to pay dies when a contract is paid in full, or when property is foreclosed.
Mortgage? Marriage? Both, one way or the other, quirks, flukes and peculiar habits notwithstanding, are meant to last ’til death do you part.