After deliberating, note-taking, planning and organising everything for a major phone call in our lives this very morning, J and I took an intake of breath as his mobile rang.
Turns out we needn’t have prepared so much for a discussion about housing with our local authority here in Wales, UK. We are pretty much officially on the list! Not an incredible guest list for the BAFTAs, no, but a bloody good list. The housing list.
Some people may be put off by the idea of social housing due to what neighbours you might get or the lack of choice in area, garden, bedrooms and everything else. J and I, though, have little choice since my health failed me, furloughing happened to the both of us, I’m going to be doing part-time work plus university, and we want to start TTC as soon as we can.
Neither of us have savings, and anything we did have has been swept away in the furloughed world, which I’m guessing has happened to a lot of people. The lovely lady on the phone simply asked a few basic questions, NI numbers, circumstances, whether I needed mobility aids or anything in the house, etc. Turns out we can’t go for more than a one bed home because it’s only us two. Boo.
Although… she did say if I got pregnant (I was listening in like a sneaky shadow) to let them know. No unsolicited advice to wait or sounding judgemental, just a casual “Oh, just let us know and we’ll change the claim.” What a lovely thing to hear! No judgement!
I was also concerned that we aren’t married, but that wasn’t even questioned. I’m glad, in this modern world, as not everyone does marry. Although I’d like to if he changed his mind, J is not so keen on marriage, considering he doesn’t know many people whose marriage went well. I, on the the other hand, haven’t known anyone in my family to split once married – very rare to find, I know, but it’s true.
Anyway, I digress. We are ever closer to getting a home. Temporary though it may be when a baby comes along one day and we have to move, but a home together nonetheless. Without tip-toeing around everyone trying not to get in the way/take over the kitchen/throw out someone’s project plastic tubs…. the list goes on.
I’m so excited! 🏠