Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Lest anyone thinks our plan to drop everything, pack a back pack, some books and a few toys and head to France for a year is some kind of a fairy tale, let me offer some details.
I'm not generally a detail person. Many wives/mothers would have already grilled their husbands about the particulars of their impending new living quarters long before they put their own home up for rent.
As it stands now, we're planning to live in the France house as it's being renovated. The fact that there are two buildings, the main house and an outbuilding that wants to be transformed into a guest house (or caretakers cottage, as I like to call it) will make this feasible.
All I've known up until now is that the main house is "rough but habitable." I also know that, of the two bedrooms, one of them requires going outside of the house and climbing some exterior stairs for access. Quirky, but fun. Well that's how I'm choosing to look at it for now.
It only recently occurred to me to ask Ian to provide some more pertinent details about our living arrangements in France, the kitchen in particular.
"I suppose it would be silly of me to imagine there will be a dishwasher in the kitchen," I said one evening as I happily stuffed our super-efficient Maytag with another day's worth of dishes.
"No there's no dishwasher," he answered. "But I'm pretty sure there's a sink."
"Pretty sure there's a sink?" I repeated.
"Well there's got to be running water in the kitchen because that's where the shower is."
"The shower's in the kitchen?" I repeated.
Then, a few days later, while at a dinner party at the neighbors', I learned a bit more.
"Is Betsy going to have to go outside and pump water from a well, then heat it up on the woodstove to bathe the kids and do the dishes?" our neighbor joked.
"No," Ian laughed. "There should be hot water."
"Should be hot water?" I repeated.
At that point, I reminded myself, and everyone in the room, that there will most certainly be plenty of good wine. And it will be cheap.
For whole other kind of conversation about dishwashers, click here.