He admitted it was a lot money. (College tuition in the '00s consistently rose at a rate twice that of inflation.) Then he compared it to buying a house.
"Sure it's a lot of money up front," he said. "But you ultimately you realize: it's the best investment you'll ever make."
Considering that I now have a degree from a college that no one outside of northern Minnesota knows about, I think he might have been pulling my leg a little bit.
At the end of last week, a home-owning friend called me up. "Um, what do you know about black mold?" she asked.
My mom called up before the latest snowfall. "If it snows and I have to shovel that driveway again, I swear . . . " she sputtered. .
And then last morning, Andy came home early to deal with the whole ice dam issue.
Andy climbed onto the roof and started redirecting snow and ice.
I filled a couple thermos with hot water and threw them up on the roof to assist with the melting process.
I kept plugging away at my office work. Boots on. Ready to assist where necessary. In less than half an hour Andy had shoveled most of the snow off the roof and broken up a big portion of the ice. The icy drips coming from the door frame slowed and eventually, disappeared completely.
Oh a house. The best investment you'll ever make . . . but of what? Your time? Your worry?
Whatever we call our houses under our breath, at least they'll always be "Home Sweet Home."