Going Home

We’ve been back in Texas for over two months. It’s been everything we needed it to be, coming from a place of such uncertainty in Puerto Rico. The hill country in particular is so soothing to my soul, and driving around here can cure B of anything. The wildflowers and the cactus are in bloom, the lakes are full, and the sun is shining brighter and stronger every day. All of it makes me so happy to be here, and so long to be Home.

Not long now.

Our renters did not pay the rent for the month of May. They said they didn’t have the money due to the coronavirus. Then they posted all over their social media pictures and stories of them traveling; staying at a very nice Airbnb right on the beach, fancy dinners, Starbucks stops, mushroom microdosing, and then another trip to the mountains, all in the first three weeks of May. They are “social influencers” as I have mentioned before, so they have public social media profiles, and a (seemingly manufactured) image to uphold. So, of course I stalk them – hoping to get a glimpse of my house – and lately have learned more than I care to about who they are. Did you know that they planned to use our house to host retreats and not even tell us?! It is explicitly prohibited in the lease to use the house for any business purposes. Jerks! I learned that tidbit on their social media when they were lamenting to their followers about how Covid has disrupted their business plans. Circling back to the May rent, they told us to, “use the deposit for this month’s rent”. Well then, what should we use for the deposit?

This has been a source of anxiety and stress for B and I. At this point, I just want them gone. Then, I want to get in there, clean it up, air it out, and let their bad vibes float away. How long does it take to get rid of the energy of the previous people in the house you are in? Is it shorter if it’s your own Home you are coming back to? Does it take longer if you just never liked the people who lived there, and have a negative association of their vibe in your space? <—I bet that’s true, damnit.

Best case scenario is we can disinfect and settle right back in to make it ours again. Not long now. Counting down the days.

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