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Owning Your Own Home: A Rags to Rags Tale
by Marjorie Dorfman

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own your homeStill, the benefits of owning one’s own home do prevail, especially since one can usually not afford to move after fixing it up to one’s own liking. I can run screaming buck naked from one end of my house to the other and not disturb any of my neighbors. I can also watch my neighbors do the same without disturbing any of them. I can argue or play the television or radio as loud as I like, and I don’t have to wait in line to use the laundry room. The only doors that slam shut are my own, and the only noises I hear at night are the crickets doing whatever they do in the grass and the tree frogs doing their thing in the trees. Being a city person at heart, it has taken me a long time to appreciate the silence of the country and understand why it is golden.

I do look back to those days of yesteryear in the studio apartment, but not with misty eyes or a mind clogged with nostalgia. In some ways life was simpler, but not necessarily better. I don’t regret a dime I’ve spent to make my home my own private haven. The only problem is that I’ve run out of them. I yearn for peace at all costs, but a nice, screeching police siren or a four alarm fire might prove an interesting diversion on occasion. As an Englishman once told my father as my mother viewed Buckingham Palace and commented that it looked a bit small and rather somber: "She’s a tough one to please, isn’t she?"

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