guest blog by Nila Ridings
I know very few grandparents who don’t jump for joy when they hear the grandkids are coming to visit. They anxiously anticipate the noise and laughter, games and puzzles, and helping choose crayons for the coloring books. Cherishing their grandchild’s artwork which they will attach to the fridge with magnets or frame for a bedroom wall. And the grandchildren crave the unconditional love and undivided attention that only a grandparent can give. Grandparents don’t stop playing to pay bills, do laundry, or mow the lawn. But in today’s world of Homeowners Associations so many neighborhoods squelch a grandparent’s dream because they are not kid-friendly.
Jeri Wakefield lives in Dallas, Texas, and she must not live in an HOA. For her that’s a good thing because of her lifelong dream of creating special memories, including a treehouse for her grandchildren. Her husband, Stephen, was skeptical of what Jeri and their architect friend, James Curvan, were planning. But he was a good sport and followed along with them seeing how his wife was so happy. The treehouse they built is fabulous.
When I think back to my childhood and the fun I had at my grandmothers’ houses…mostly playing outside…those were some really fun and impressionable times. If they had lived in HOAs, knowing what I know today, I don’t think I would have wanted to go visit. The restrictiveness of an HOA would have drastically changed the landscape of my cherished memories.
Please watch this short video, think of your own grandkids, and try to imagine what many grandparents are missing out on by choosing life in an HOA.