It’s time for Tell a Memory Tuesday. As I mentioned last week, our rental house in Jacksonville, Florida, was not without problems. One of the worst was a roach infestation. We were used to seeing roaches in Florida, but not this many at once. They were so bad they even made nests in the insulation of the refrigerator! We did not discover that until we moved to SD later that year, but that is another story.
A Flood in the House
Thunderstorms came practically every day in Jacksonville. One afternoon there was a bad one. This video is from a recent thunderstorm where I live now, but it’s a good illustration of the amount of rain that can fall in a short time.
That day in Jacksonville, in early 1979, the storm drains on the side of the road were blocked with leaves and pine needles. The water began to rise.
First it came into the closed-in carport we used for storage. My school yearbooks and some family photographs were destroyed by the water.
Sara had fun riding her tricycle in circles in the ankle deep water. Later, a truck went down the road causing waves. It forced water into our living room, wetting the carpet. It eventually came in the back door, too.
I called the rental realtor and told them about the flood. I asked them many times to come check it out, but they never came.
When our 6 month lease was up, the company refused to refund our deposit. Their excuse was that our dog had caused the house to have a bad smell. Well, I was not going to let them get away with that. Our dog was not even allowed in the house, except the closed in carport.
The smell was from the carpet that got wet during the flooding, which they never checked out. I wrote a letter explaining all the problems we had there – from fleas and a flood, to a bad roach infestation, a broken gate and probably more that I can’t remember.
Finally they agreed to give back our full deposit. Sometimes it pays to write letters.
Waiting for the Next Move
After leaving that house we went back to my parents’ home, where we stored our furniture. While there we celebrated Sara’s 3rd birthday.
Then we spent a month in St. Petersburg, FL, in a house belonging to one of Steve’s sisters. It was furnished and located directly behind Steve’s parents’ house.
During that month Steve had some interviews and accepted a teaching job at a boarding school in South Dakota to begin in the Fall. So we went back to the home of my parents to pack up and get ready to move again.
We also went to Disneyworld with my parents before moving far away from them again.
Next week I’ll share about our third long distance move within a span of four years. We packed up everything into a U-Haul truck and got ready to travel farther west than I’d ever been.
You can find my other Tell A Memory Tuesday posts HERE.