#writephoto — Couples Counselling

5C625EE8-4482-4650-844E-8CB2C5147C14“It doesn’t look like it’s been well maintained,” Chuck said to his wife. “Look at these vines and branches. They practically block this window.”

“First of all,” Anita said, “that’s a rose bush. It just needs to be cut back a bit and given some TLC.”

“The whole house needs TLC,” Chuck noted.

“But it has so much character,” Anita countered.

“That is just another word for money pit,” said Chuck. “I want a brand new house that no one else has ever lived in.”

“But all those new houses are so cookie cutter, so bland. They have no character at all,” said Anita.

“You can find plenty of characters if you watch TV or read a good book,” Chuck said sarcastically. “And the windows. They’re probably the originals. Single pane and no doubt drafty. Can you imagine what it would cost to heat the place?”

“What I can imagine is how owning this home would be like living in a fairytale,” said Anita, somewhat dreamily.

“More like a nightmare,” Chuck said.

After listening to Chuck and Anita bickering, the real estate agent who was showing them the property had had enough. “You two aren’t ready to buy a house together,” she said. “You need to get on the same page and I suggest couples counseling as a good first step.”

Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent. (I think I’ve been watching too many episodes of “House Hunters” on HGTV.)

17 thoughts on “#writephoto — Couples Counselling

  1. cagedunn January 4, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I thought that was always the way it went when house-hunting?

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      • cagedunn January 4, 2018 / 11:30 pm

        As a person who’s moved LOTS of times, I’ve seen it. Two lists, two people who don’t even seem to be on the same page about Anything, but eventually both think they’ve compromised Everything for the other.
        My other half didn’t like the choices i made on two occasions, so on the last one I sent him ahead and let him make the decision.
        I think he was miffed that I didn’t mind it. funny lot, aren’t we?

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  2. Sue Vincent January 4, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    I doubt if any house agent would risk his commission by being honest 😉

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  3. anuragbakhshi January 4, 2018 / 11:29 pm

    Straight out of every couple’s life. Maybe the real estate agent is going to refer them to his wife, who is a couples counselor 🙂 All in the family.

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  4. Iain Kelly January 5, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    House buying can be really stressful – definitely tests a relationship.

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  5. Woman walking Max January 23, 2018 / 11:33 am

    Good story- nicely observed exchanges between Mr & Mrs. Guess the Estate Agent was being blunt but honest !

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 23, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Most real estate agents aren’t so blunt.


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