Several weeks after we moved into our new home, LV's mother decided we need a a housewarming to be properly welcomed into the new community. She wanted to have it as a surprise but somehow found out that LV and I both really, really dislike surprises like that and let us know about her plans a day in advance.
I was glad for the warning as I made sure that everything was unpacked and in it's place. Our house was actually looking quite cozy. I was glad we could still use the electricity and were able to use the ceiling fans and air conditioning which gave us a little relief from the awful heat. We had a year to get our house "Amishified" and were in no hurry. At least our first summer was going to be a little more bearable while we got used to the climate.
Evening of the housewarming arrived and everyone came with their tractors and ugly little trailers and parked helter skelter anywhere they felt like on the yard. They had brought food and lawn chairs and a few benches along that were set up in the yard. The youngfolks and children decided they would rather be in the house where it was cooler than outside in the heat and being eaten by all the insects that abounded in that area.
They soon found several of the children balls and were trying to hit the spinning fan blades with them. They helped themselves to what ever they felt like and touched and looked at what ever caught their fancy. I was getting very disgruntled and wanted nothing more than just send everyone home. I had never met such a disrespectful arrogant bunch of young people in my life.
Sunbeam needed care and I went inside to take care of her. I got there just in time to see a bunch of the teen boys in our loft wiggling the railing until it was wobbly and then pulling Sailors big round built in bed apart and throwing the blankets and sheets down into the living room.
I was livid and would happily have whipped all of them if I would have been able to. Thankfully the evening ended somehow and everyone left. LV and I both vowed we would never invite the community to come to our house ever again, and for once were very happy that our house wasn't big. It would make that we wouldn't have to have church at our place and have everything torn to bits again.