The idea is to tell a short, short (500 words or less) story based on the week’s theme. To provide us inspiration, each theme will be the title of a TV show. This week’s theme is from the show, “Lost in Space” but your story does not have to relate to the series. If you wish to play along, please visit Nessa for the list of upcoming themes.
Three years after they wed, Alaina and Norman bought the land for their dream home, but realizing that dream was a slow process. The first thing that stopped progress was Alaina’s pregnancy. She spent much of it in bed before giving birth to thankfully-healthy twin daughters. Then the car needed replacing, George lost his job and was unemployed for several months, two more pregnancies added the boys to the family. But last Spring the house was finally completed and they moved in.
The house plans had grown over time. For instance, the day Rachelle and Michelle drew a line across their room in magic marker and insisted it was an invisible wall no one could cross, Alaina changed the plans to include five bedrooms. “Children need their own space sometimes,” she said.
The day Norm’s grandparents dropped by without calling first, the plans were altered to include a formal living room and a family room. “I have never been so embarrassed in all my life. I want a room that will always be clean,” she said.
The year that Aunt Patty came to Thanksgiving dinner and the kitchen was so overcrowded the heat from the stove melted her wig, Alaina added the formal dining room. “We were happy in the kitchen but our guests deserve better treatment,” she said.
The plans for Norm’s office was added when the boys made paper airplanes out of their yearly tax documents. “I need the space to work and think,” Norm explained.
With five kids the need for a designated laundry and sewing room was a must and the number of bathrooms was something the family negotiated at five one morning while standing in the hallway outside the bathroom. “Five bathrooms are two extravagant,” George yelled. They argued but he wouldn’t approve more than three.
Alaina sat at the kitchen table in their new home, and contrasted its space and quiet to the noise and clutter and cramped corners of their first home. Here the kids loved their rooms so much they emerged from them only for food and school, so the house was always tidy. There were no more family conferences at the bathroom door. When George wasn’t at work he happily puttered in his office. Alaina sat alone in the family room and realized she’d gotten exactly what she’d asked for.