Hi. I’m Libby. I’m a Midwest girl. I never thought I was, but I am. Some of my best childhood memories come from my grandmother’s house: conquering the big magnolia tree in her front yard when I was eight, blowing rainbow colored wax all over my rainbow-confetti birthday cake in her tiny kitchen when I was five, reading with my grandmother in the steamy sunroom in the middle of winter, full of plants all the way until she had her strokes, finding fairies in the secret hiding places I know now were secret only to six year olds.
After my grandmother died, my mother rented out the house and I moved abroad- to Italy during college, and then to India after I graduated, where I have spent some years doing volunteer work on a farm. My mother and I talked fondly and often about me moving back into my grandmother’s house when I returned to Ohio. Go figure it took moving halfway around the world to appreciate my roots.
(She never knew this, but my plan was to eventually turn it into an artist’s studio/retreat, in honor of her mother who had been passionate about the arts.)
Unfortunately, my mom recently discovered she has diabetes and, while tutoring special needs kids is more fulfilling than banking, it doesn’t pay well! She couldn’t afford to keep the house. I only found out she was selling it a few weeks ago.
Now I’m scrambling!
I have plans in the works, but in order for those plans to bear fruit I need more time! Specifically, two weeks more time. The mortgage payment is $800 and due on September 21! If we don't hit this, the house is gone for good!
I know you all work hard for your money and most of you probably have no idea who I am, but any amount you feel moved to give (maybe you, too, have memories of your grandmother and she, too, liked to garden) would be truly so appreciated.
My granmother was a strong woman who raised a strong daughter who raised me- we hate asking for help. But if India has taught me one thing, it’s that if you never open the door, you never know who might come through it!
Thank you all so much.