I’m getting a lot by moving into Sara’s home: more space, a garden and outdoor deck, a new neighborhood to explore. The house is walking distance for my grandchildren, and there’s a bedroom where they can sleep over. I’ve hesitated to have Archie or Else stay overnight here — the 11th floor balcony with a waist-high railing easy to climb seemed too dangerous to me. I’ll have a reasonable kitchen again, indeed a great kitchen. The costs will be about the same as what I’m paying here. I’ll have a guest room for friends to stay.
I do give some things up — things that only a downtown apartment overlooking Puget Sound can offer.
Life is full of trade-offs. I’ll be able to walk to this, but I won’t see it right outside my wall of windows.