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Tough to let go of a place you’ve called home 10 years

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POSTED August 31, 2009 12:30 a.m.

I’m not looking forward to moving.

I’ve been living in same duplex for over 10 years. This was where my son and I called home, and where we accumulated plenty of memories.

I once broke a bedroom window of this place with a plastic golf ball, using a driver off the backyard lawn. But when I asked Josh, who was about 4 at the time and witnessed the mishap, to take the blame, he was rather quick to tell his mom: “Daddy broke the window with a golf ball.”

“It was a plastic ball,” I said.

Josh learned to ride a two-wheel bike in this very front yard. Yet he was upset when I initially removed the training wheels.

“Here’s a wrench,” I said. “Here’s the deal: You can put the training wheels back on if you’re not happy.”

And when Josh finally got the hang of riding a two-wheeler, his buddy and next door neighbor, Corey, took notice. He, too, wanted to ride a two-wheeler, in turn, had his dad removed the training wheels.

Corey was Josh’s first real friend. They often played together, jumping from house to house when they were younger. They even played on the same youth baseball teams

A few years ago, Corey moved away to another part of town. The two boys – both young teenagers – only see each other on occasions.

I thought about those times and others not too long after discovering about the foreclosure of the property. Through a Realtor, the bank had asked us to vacate the premises by the end of this month.

But at least they did so by dangling this carrot called the cash for keys.

Here, the bank offers compensation to renter on a foreclosed property for their problems. The settlement can be used to help with moving expenses while sort of taking the edge off their frustration.

It’s also designed to prevent those renters who may be angry or resentful towards their former landlord for putting them in this situation from thrashing the premises.

I’m looking forward to the compensation but not the move. It’s not easy to pack up after all these years and relocate in such a short span of time.

Instead, I decided took look at all of my options, including possibly buying my next place (thankfully, we’re currently in a buyer’s market).

Josh may not be looking forward to the temporary accommodations at grandma’s house. But at least we have that option and we’ll be someplace that’s comfortable.

I’ll miss my old place. But perhaps it was time to move on, particularly with the crime in the neighborhood worsening in recent years.

I know we’ll be better off in the long run. Still, it’s tough to let go of a place that’s been called home for so long.

The only compensation is the memories.

To reach reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail

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