You’ve had “if only” and “what if” dreams, haven’t you? Dreams like, “If only we had a bit more money in some deeper pocket, then we could quit our jobs, find a beach somewhere, and go live the simple life.” Or, “What if we bought that old house in town and turned it into a B&B, wouldn’t that be great?” And how often have you believed that if you worked hard enough, scrimped hard enough, dreamed hard enough – then those dreams might have a chance of coming true?
So, yeah, Calvin and I bought the Showboat Gothic on Fox Street in Blue Plum. What a great house. It’s covered with so much gingerbread it looks like it’s embroidered. Cal was the fix-it-up man – tackling the refinishing and painting. I worked with a darling interior decorator to achieve just the right look – Victorian décor without being too frou-frou. And I planned mouthwatering breakfast menus – peach blueberry coffeecake, strawberry French toast stuffed with lemon cream cheese – and bedtime snack ideas, too – mile-high coconut cream meringue pie! We printed brochures. We joined the Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Plum Merchants Association. For an anniversary present, our daughter created a website for our new lives as innkeepers. But.
Erma Bombeck, that funny, funny lady, said this about dreams: “Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” Isn't that a sad notion? But it sure is true in my case.