My seven-year-old, Mika, had practice for a school event today. The contest is next Saturday, so the group has been practicing the past few Saturdays. The temperature is in the low 60s right now, so I rolled to the school to pick up Mika when practice was finished. I wanted some uninterrupted time to talk to Mika about her asking me if I would still be alive at Halloween yesterday.
I told Mika we were unable to make my cancer go all the way away, and the cancer would probably kill me. I told her I was doing very well and could live until she was at least ten, and then we could talk about my life expectancy again. (I am very positive after my visit with Dr. Doom and Gloom yesterday.) I told Mika I would let her know if there were any changes to my possible timeline. Mika seemed okay with my explanation and we stopped at her friend’s house to bring her to our house to play.
I had noticed some building going on in the one empty lot in my neighborhood. The man who lived next door to me when I moved in had purchased the lot many years ago to prevent anyone from building on it. When my neighbor moved a few years back, he sold that empty lot separate from the developed lot. The girls and I walked to the construction site and spoke to the builder. He is building a house that he has not sold yet. I wished him luck because my neighborhood is hot right now. The least expensive home for sale in my neighborhood is listed for $345,000; $100,000 more than most homes sold for two years ago.
I have noticed more violent crimes have been reported on the news lately, and I believe it is directly related to the rising cost of living in Colorado Springs. With the median home price at $316,000, median home rent at $1,600 per month, and median apartment rent at $1,200 per month, it is difficult to afford to live here if you do not make at least $75,000 per year. The median income is $54,000 per year. Unfortunately, the stress of trying to make ends meet is causing people to make bad choices. Our violent crime is not contained to a certain “shady’ part of town, it happens in “nice” neighborhoods, like mine, across the city.
I do not have an answer for our housing issues in Colorado Springs. I saw a report on the news a few months back about an eastern city that was building a housing development in which lower-income residents could purchase a home with a promise to live there at least five years. To ensure the neighborhood stays affordable when homes are placed on the market and people move out, there is a cap for how much the home can appreciate for listing like 2 percent a year. I do not think this was a requirement, but I think all resales should be restricted to qualified, lower-income buyers.
The girls have been playing everywhere in the house today, until I just sent them outside because they were playing a little aggressively and items started to get knocked over. I will let them play for another half hour or so, and then we will walk Mika’s friend home. Mika had a lot of days home without anyone to play with the past two weeks and she was really desperate to have someone to play with. I am glad her friend was available for a few hours this afternoon.
Next week, we are back to the regular school schedule, so Mika will see her friends at school, and I am sure our conversation this afternoon will be forgotten. I hope our conversation alleviates some of the stress Mika has been feeling and not exacerbate it. Mika really did seem fine with my explanation of events.
My piece of advice to you is to have the talk with whomever you need about whatever you need before you think it is necessary. I should have clarified facts with Mika back in October, but I thought I was protecting her by staying silent. I was probably wrong.
Until next time,
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