Sunday, March 2, 2008

Our House

Maybe I've never pointed this out before (or maybe I have) but we live in a trailer. A mobile home if you want to dress it up a bit or if you are hillbilly ghetto like us...it's a tray-lah. I'm not ashamed of this and it turns out that seven percent of the US population lives in trailers. (according to the 2004 Population and Housing Narrative Profile.)

But I do sometimes forget that not everyone has the same appreciation for these homes built from the finest toothpick construction you've ever seen. While at a birthday party today I was introducing myself to a few ladies and one of them (who recognized me from the local park) asked where I live. I'll be the first to admit that my answer isn't usually what people are expecting. Do you know where the projects are? Instantly two of the three's eyes widened with a look of "Do we have those in our town? Oh my gosh." It only got worse as I continued with: "We're about one block in. In a double wide." Dead Silence. Followed slowly by obligatory head nodding.

Clearly, neither of these girls would have been caught dead in a trailer. Not even if a tornado picked it up and landed it smack on her head, which is quite possible. I politely excused myself from the sudden and uncomfortable lack of conversation. Go figure. Fortunately, several families from our old (and foundation secured) 'hood were there and offered a way of escape.

So, if this is new info for any of you and it shatters your image of me (whatever is left after that last post) ...I'm sorry. We love our trailer. No, that's not it. We love our home! And trust God not to let it get carried off by strong winds. :0)

11 comments:

Troy & Tara Livesay Family said...

You're kidding, right? Because my perception and friendship with you was built on the assumption that you lived in a 2.2 million dollar mansion in the Burbs.

Now what am I gonna do?

Troy & Tara Livesay Family said...

P.S.
You ONLY told us this to use "Our House" --- are you going with the Eminem - Our House or the Crosby Stills & Nash version?

Heather said...

Oh, that's funny. Just this weekend I was vehemently defending my trailer park childhood - it was some of the happiest days of my life(:

Amy said...

Hey sister, I spent 8 lovely years as the queen of my double wide trailer.
The other Amy

The Sexton Crew said...

I was actually thinking of the Madness version..."Our house -in the middle of our street..."

And I understand if you need to dump me. I know how big you are into appearances.

:-)

Heather said...

Wait, you live in a trailer? That thing does not count as a trailer. The sweet color coordination of the paint on the walls blows away all stereotypes of trailers. However, I am concerned about your tornado evacuation plan. If you need me to dig you an underground cellar/tornado shelter in two weeks, I can try to do that (assuming you'll be around for Holy Week)...
With love,
Cammie-Heather

The Sexton Crew said...

Cammie -Are you really coming to NC? Yeah, we will definitely be here!

The Jeltemas said...

Isn't funny how we perceive being perceived? does that make sense? We too live in a double-wide home and we love it! It's beautiful, it suits our needs and it was a gift from God, some people may not understand our view of that. It is fun to watch peoples faces as we tell them where we live. Sometimes I have to confess I have felt the need to defend our home.

ange said...

there is more to a home than 4 walls right! You go girl, grow where you are planted and I love to think of you in your house with your kiddos with your many hats on!
ange

LisaSlater said...

You live in a double wide trailer in North Carolina?

Yeah. That sounds about right.

;b

The Sexton Crew said...

Ha -I knew I'd be hearing from you on this one and you did not disappoint me. :)