Saturday, May 18, 2013

You're still here??????

Most of you know we live in a semi rural area. Population of our town is only 500.... Accomack County just 30,000.... The sort of place where if you sneeze and the windows are open about 26 folks yell "God Bless Ya'll"... AND they really mean it. I like that.

On Saturday mornings during the nice weather we have a special routine. Breakfast either at home or the Sage Diner, a trip to the Onancock Farmers Market for some fresh veggies, crabs, clams, chicken, beef and pork.  Then off the the Historic Onley Train Station for me, and maybe the Y for Beatrice.

Well this morning in Onancock besides the Farmers Market, they were also holding their annual Sidewalk Sale. Folks setup all over Downtown selling all sorts of stuff. Now keep in mind that just about everyone knows everyone else around here. Six of our conversations this morning starting with "Oh Hi. You're still here?????"  WOW, what a question. AND it was accompanied by quizzical and astonished looks. Most folks around here know our house is on the market, and i figured they also knew we had not sold yet. Which in my mind would be a really good reason why we were still here. I guess that was my mistake. After being asked the same question for the third time, we started counting. How many more times would we be asked "You're still here???"

I guess if you are an overly self conscience person, or if you're into conspiracy theories, this could be a little worrisome. Luckily I'm neither. BUT I did start wondering if that meant they would be sorry to see us go? Would they really miss us? Would they make the 10 hour drive to stop by and see us after we move??? OR were they disappointed we were still here??? Were they trying to get rid of us? Maybe it was something we said??? Did we forget to use our deodorant, brush our teeth?

Now I don't know about you, but great come backs usually hit me well after the time they are needed. How about these comebacks to "You're still here??"

  • "No we're gone".  
  • "No, we are just fragments of your imagination".  
  • "No, we left yesterday, this is just our vapor trail your seeing." 

How about,

  • "Yes we're still here, and we're coming to stay at your house." 
  • "Yes, oh by the way, what time is dinner???" 

Or better yet

  • "Yep we're still here, and we have some friends coming to spend the summer. Would you mind if they parked their RV's in your yard???"
There is some good news though...... Two other houses that are for sale on our street are "under contract". Our realtor says that if they sell at or near the asking price (which is higher than ours) then ours will appraise higher when the new buyers apply for a mortgage. My only question is "We're still here?????"

Oh yea, the final "You're still here????" count was 6. 


Doris said...

Your title made me chuckle....when I was expecting our first child, we lived in the small town of Penryn. I was way overdue to have this baby and every time I stepped outside, a neighbor would say, You still here??
I'm sure the people in your town will miss you! Hope you have a buyer for your house soon!

possum said...

What? You're still here? Really?
Well, lets hope your house sells now that the others have sold - not that I am trying to get rid of you, just that you seem to really get moving, and summer would be better for that than winter in New Hampshire! Did you pack the snow shovel?
Don't forget, you promised me the benches!

possum said...

OOPS left out a word - you seem to WANT to get moving... at least you talk about it a lot.
(Guess I can't type and talk to someone else about something else at the same time like the kids that are answering you and texting their friends at the same time... how do they DO that?)

Anvilcloud said...

I like the vapor trail response the best.

Rebecca said...

Good luck with that house. Maybe there is a house you are supposed to buy when you move and it is not on the market yet. So you have to stay until it is.

HermitJim said...

At least they all still remember you...that's a good thing!

I would have figured that the house would have sold by now, though.

Anonymous said...

The county I live has just as many people living here like Yours has :-) My village is much smaller though :-)

The vapor one is the best I think :-)

Have a great day!

Lois Evensen said...

Hmmm, that could be troublesome, couldn't it.... Do they WANT you to be gone? Nah, I don't think so. Some people hear something is going to happen, put the information into a pigeon hole, and have no way to adjust the information as necessary.... Yep, that's it.

We have some similar issues since we live in different places throughout the year. Just about the time people get used to seeing us around, we leave again. ;)

All the best from Port Canaveral (for another hour or so, then we won't "still be here" for another week),

Cheryl @ TFD said...

People often say the most obvious things, don't they? Like the last time we went away for the weekend and the next morning at the hotel dining room where they serve the free breakfast, one gentleman was just pouring some batter in a waffle maker and a lady walked up to him and said, "oh, are you going to have waffles for breakfast?" I wanted to say to her, No, he just likes playing with the waffle iron! Haha.
Good luck in selling your house, I know the folks there will miss you.

Debbie said...

fun title....i think the house will sell soon, it's such a beauty!!

Triumph said...

"Thanks for noticing." That's the first thing I'd think to say. Maybe, "Yep, not dead yet."

Daisy said...

Hind sight is pretty good, isn't it? :-) I hope you can find a buyer for your house soon.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Ahhh yes, I remember those comments all too well!

I tried to keep the blog under wraps at first but then I started giving out the address and told people to look and see and they'd know when we'd sold the house!


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