by Wendy McElroy, Dollar Vigilante:
It occurred to me over the kitchen table last night, after a dinner of fried chicken.
A good friend has come a long distance to assist us in constructing a patio to increase the value of our farmhouse when we sell and move to Chile. A veteran house builder, he drew up the rough plans for our ultimate new dwelling. For the second time in my life, I fell in love at first sight.
But what occurred to me is that my husband and I are trading a far more extensive piece of land and a larger house for more modest properties. By the North American standard of ‘more is better’ and ‘always climb the ladder upward’, many will view our choice as a retreat or a failure. Some of those people will be family. They will be wrong.
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