Almost 32 years ago we moved into our first home that was our own. It was a terrifying and wonderful experience.
I bought the house. I say I, well, because, I was the only person who was in town to do the work. We bought our first home with the help of my in-laws. They needed a tax deduction at the time and we needed the financial help. It was a win-win situation for all of us.
They gave me a power of attorney and I had the legal right to sign their names and make the decisions. I also had a power of attorney from hubby, who left a couple of months before we moved into our home.
We opened escrow in late June/early July time frame. We moved all of our worldly possessions into the garage of the home we were buying. We drove to New Mexico and visited my sister and brother-in-law. We were there for about a week and came home and stayed with some friends.
Now, the one detail I have left out is that I was seven months pregnant with our youngest daughter and our oldest was four and half years old.
Hubby left on July 15th for a six month deployment that turned into an 8 and half month deployment. When he left, he thought we would be moving into our home at the end of July.
The escrow was extended several times and we did not move in until September 2, 1983, nine days before our daughter was born.
That time was very stressful for me. I had to sign everyone’s name on several documents all followed by this phrase, by power of attorney, and then sign my name. Everything was sent snail mail. No over night mailings, no faxes, nothing like that.
I remember that time so clearly. It stands out in my mind. The heat of the summer, which was an incredibly hot summer with triple digits for the months of July, August and September. A car that was temperamental to say the least. It broke down weekly and repairs were always the same as the national debt. A four-year old who loved her daddy so much and reminded me daily of how miserable she was without him. A husband serving his country and being in the places that the news men were opening their shows with. It was a stressful time.
In the years since, I have thought that those months were a fond memory. A time that now serves as a good story. I haven’t thought much about any of this until a week ago when we put in an offer for a new home.
Then, it all came flooding back to me. Hubby is doing the bulk of this escrow. I appreciate that. But, I marvel at the changes that have come in this area. Documents are now emailed. Electronic signatures happen. You hit a button, and you are signed. When hard copies with real ink signatures are needed, then you overnight them.
There is a part of me that is resentful. But, it is only a small part. I am too excited, too hopeful that this may be my forever home. There are still inspections to be done, and those inspections will let us know if this will happen or not. So, I hold my breath, and I pray that in a few months I will be done with the unpacking.
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