Wednesday, November 16, 2005


I wrote yesterday about the three and a half people—the “half” may be a bit more that that: the young woman is pregnant and due in a few months—and the two cats faced with eviction today. The act has been done. They have been evicted. They are temporarily staying with Alex and me. (To the best of my knowledge, Alex has not yet met his two new feline housemates: he is hiding somewhere and has been since we arrived home).

I have never been evicted from anywhere. That does not mean that someday I might not be, especially if the economy and job situation doesn’t improve. Today I experienced what being evicted is like, as I watched the couple place all of their earthly belonging into boxes and plastic bags.

The pictures below do not tell the whole story—at least not the traumatic parts of it. I share them with you so you may have a bit if an idea what it was like for this young couple today. I include only pictures of the child and the cats; I have not included pictures of the couple out of respect for their desire to remain anonymous.


  1. How long will this situation last? Will you have a full house for Christmas?

    (There are worse ways to spend the holidays than surrounded with kids and cats! Enjoy them while you can!)

  2. Thomas: This situation had best be short-term. That’s what the agreement we made: two or three weeks at most. I cannot afford to financially support them or act as a taxi service. Of course, I am realistic enough to know that if I do not keep their need to be self-supportive in the foreground of their awareness they could be in my home indefinitely. I sincerely pray they will be settled somewhere else by Christmas.

  3. I pray that they will too Nick. I've rescued a few family members like this and ..... it's usually uncomfortable for everyone until it's all over.

    I worked in the apartment industry for many years, so I've seen a lot of evictions and heard a lot of stories of why they couldn't pay the rent.

    Take care of yourself...this is certainly 'saintly' of you.

  4. well, you're doing a really great thing. I hope it doesn't turn into something you ever regret. Here's hoping that little family lands on its feet soon, for their sakes and for yours.

  5. Milkmaid: Thanks. They—and I—need prayers. They have all of their stuff in my second bedroom and it is crowded for them. I’ll write more about their eviction, but they were evicted by a social service agency, Boys Haven, because she was living with him and they aren’t married. Great compassion, huh? I shall take good care of myself; one way is to find them another place to live as soon as possible.

    Jay Are: Thank you. I certainly may regret this. I have taken people min before and have regretted doing so. However, I have also learned from the experience and this time I have set boundaries and rules. Now, I must enforce them!