Published : 24/03/2009 18:30:16
Categories : Party Themes and Occasions
Our neighbour is an older man. He is in his early seventies, and lives alone. I remember vaguely when we first moved into our house that he was celebrating a divorce that had just finalized, and this was over ten years ago already. Most of our other neighbours have been in the neighbourhood for even less time than we have, so nobody knows how long this man has lived in his house.
He is a great neighbour, and helps me quite a bit with projects around the house. We invite him over for meals occasionally, and he has us over every once in a while, so it is not uncommon to get a call from him asking us over.
This call, however, was rather unexpected, but yet quite welcomed. Apparently he had just made the last payment on his home mortgage, and was hosting a mortgage burning party. Especially in the economy we are in now, it was very exciting to hear of a positive mortgage outcome.
Several of our neighbours were invited to the party, and we were told to bring any other bills that we had paid off to help fuel the fire. He had a congratulations banner strung across his fireplace hearth and few party supplies and decs dotted around the room. He had a fire going, and when we all assembled he told us a quick story about how he financed the house originally, kept it through his divorce, and finally made it to this day. Then he threw all of the mortgage paperwork into the fire with a loud whoop.
We had a drink and toasted him in congratulations. The kids had grape juice, the adults had champagne. My five year old daughter tasted the champagne and offered to trade her drink for mine. I told her she would have to wait for another party for that trade.