Yesterday I found the house of my dreams. My forever home. My forever dream home of magic and wonder.
Breanne and I spent the day in Heber and Midway because we wanted to and why not and also TONY’S TACOS.
After a plate of carne asada and some solid wandering, we stumbled upon my future McHome right on the corner of town square, all run-down and perfect and begging to be loved.
Maybe it was the fact that I had just spent several hours in a used bookstore and was good and whimsical, or perhaps it was the Town Hall’s “Edelweiss” glockenspiel speaking, but there was something about That House. I instantly saw past its crumbling foundation and straight to a future where I had sunk millions of dollars into repairs and was throwing Great Gatsby-style parties on the grounds.
From zero to Gatsby in less than two seconds. A new record, guys.
Bre and I peered through the warped windows of my future, trying to make out the floor plan. “THIS IS THE LIBRARY. THIS RIGHT HERE!” I yelled. And then we discussed fireplaces and crystal knobs and how exactly one might match the wallpaper to the original pattern.
As we eagerly planned the restoration project, I had a vision of my future. A future where I’ve sold a series of novels and made enough money to buy my McHome, so we’re talking a very soon and very realistic future here.
In this future, I am fully enmeshed in the Midway culture, the slightly batty character who wears a few too many scarves and is followed by children’s whispers,“You can always find her at the glockenspiel at 2:00.”
I’ll be invited to speak at the local high school on career day (because, hello, successful), but instead of talking about writing or books I will bring “Rumours” on vinyl and sit in silence as it plays and the teenagers fidget uncomfortably like, “I heard she was weird, but this?”
When the album finishes I will abruptly announce, “Field trip! To the glockenspiel!” and force the whole school out for a round of “Edelweiss.”
I really, really, really love the glockenspiel, in case you can’t tell.
I also really, really, really love saying the word glockenspiel, which everyone can tell.
I’m so excited for this eccentric future of mine and hope I sell a novel soon so it can begin. I also hope Midway retains every ounce of its charm (and Harry Potter train) and that the bookstore is looking for volunteers when this all happens.
And Tony’s. May Tony’s tortillas be a part of my life from now until eternity.