For her fifth birthday
Ella requested and received a pet mouse
it became a much loved companion
and despite parental reservations
a resident in her bedroom.
Her parents had another child
and needed a bigger house
deciding sale and purchase
less stressful than builders and extension.
Scrub up and sell
cover sun acne on exterior
cosmetic surgery for landscape.
For a six year old
apart from the loss of her favourite climbing tree
it was an exciting time
helping to choose colours
meeting nice real estate people.
One Sunday an open day.
An almost location
realtors tipping it the next hot suburb
prospective buyers filed in and out.
Ella turned saleswoman pointing out the advantages
especially the mouse holes
through which other “mouses” came to talk to her pet mouse.
She was enthralled by the visitors
and happy to answer all their questions.
she looked forward to the next Sunday
and another opportunity.
Unfortunately she had to go to Grandad’s.
She felt very short changed.