I am nearing retirement after two decades of weary public service. For the first ten years I lived very frugally. For the second ten years, my wife and I lived relatively frugally. I say relatively frugally, because despite my living arrangements being cheap, my wife has had to maintain a separate place due to her job. Ten years of long distance marriage present some challenges. First world problems certainly.
But my life has been a life on layaway. I grew up living almost entirely in mobile homes and, even during my military career, much of my time was spent living in a trailer. When my wife and I met (she was my squadron's intelligence officer) and after I convinced her to move in with me, she joined me in a mobile home in Florida. Purchased for a mere seven thousand dollars, and later sold for the same amount. At a later duty station, she would spend part of her time with me in a different mobile home. We still own that trailer.
A life on layaway.
It's almost time to realize our investment, after many years of paying our monthly allotment to the person behind the counter at the back of the proverbial K-Mart. As a military dependent myself, finally nearing retirement from the military, and after more than ten years of long distance marriage....I cannot wait to lay down roots, and for once, finally, get to really know this idea of "home."
Even before we bought this condo we intend to retire to, we knew the importance of defending home. And we did.
Soon we hope to enjoy it. After many years of a life on layaway.