My least favorite subject is toxic mold. But somehow, mold lead me to a summer in Malibu. My house was under reconstruction for nearly two years to get rid of the stachybotrys. My health had been compromised, my spirit was low and my husband and I rented a little house on the water to change it up. Start fresh.
Anyone who knows me can tell you my favorite place to live is on Old Malibu Road. It feels like home, even though I was only a renter for a few years a lifetime ago. I long for it, I dream of it. And for this one particular summer, eight summers ago, I lived the dream.
Be careful what you wish for. I wished for crashing waves to lull me into slumber. Well, this house was SO close to the water – in it, during high tide — that it sounded more like a tsunami, not that I really know what one sounds like. My husband could barely stand it. So, he kind of gave up and only visited on weekends. When those waves struck the pilings the house shook. It almost felt like the next one might carry the house out to sea. I invited the world and no one came. Seriously. The Mogull girls came that first weekend and promised they would be visiting all summer. Never again. All my other friends, same story. Usually when I’ve lived on the water, you have to keep it on the down low because too many people just show up. Not this time. So, it was just me and my kids. (more…)