Posted by Rebecca
If you’ve been wondering where Tanille is lately, she’s been a million miles away and right next door.
If you remember, James and Tanille have been working on a trailer for James’ father, Manny, who recently had a debilitating stroke. Remember the pepto pink kitchen, and the bedroom with the 3 blade ceiling fan? Yep, that place. Well, one week ago, James and Tanille got word that Manny’s insurance coverage was about to come to an end, and it would be time for Manny to come home. Yikes!! One week ago the drywall was up, but not taped, in the front half of the trailer, and the back half still had no drywall at all. So the last week has been a frantic race. She’s been a million miles away, focused solely on Manny’s new home, and she’s been right next door because Manny is my new neighbor.
Insulation, drywall, tile, fixtures, plumbing, floors, paint, electrical, decorating….
Tonight James left the trailer at 8:20 to pick up Manny. And the rest of us ran around like maniacs to get everything in order. Everything had to look perfect! We all know how very important first impressions are! It didn’t matter that we couldn’t find the TV cord, so it had no power, or that we had shoved all the tools in the laundry room and then pinned a sheet over the unfinished doorway. The first impression was the only thing that mattered tonight.
And then we got the call – 5 minutes away. We scrambled to wipe up the last speck of dust and straighten the towels and sheets. Johnny Cash playing in the background, for the old cowboy that was about to see his new place for the first time.
As James wheeled his dad into his new home, there were smiles on both their faces. A dad who was so proud of his new home and proud of his son that built it with blood, sweat and tears; and a son who could feel pride to bring his dad to a new home that was built just for him.
Manny spoke a mountain of ‘Thank You’s’ but his face is what really expressed his appreciation. He knew that his new home had been built for him with love. And that was what really mattered, because that’s what made it home.
Manny, home, surrounded by love. Inside pictures will come soon. As soon as Tanille has had a chance to breathe.