LESSON LEARNED: "Nice" is a relative term.
We arrived late on a Wednesday night, and had to stay. The house was small enough to fit in the downstairs of the apartment we had just moved from. There was water damage everywhere. There were no counters or cabinets in the kitchen, mouse droppings in the bedrooms, and the entire place looked like it was still under construction. The backyard was soggy from the septic system, and the dryer was in a shed, outside on cinder blocks. When we opened the door to see it, there was a two inch roach on the dryer. Worst of all, the bathroom looked like a gas station bathroom in a bad horror movie; covered with rust, mildew and dead bugs.
We spent only one night. Panicked, we took the next apartment we were able to find.
Work was hard for my partner to find, and I was having a difficult time reaching my new boss. After two weeks of this, I finally met with my employer.
The deal had changed. The position he promised me was (to put it nicely) a joke.
LESSON LEARNED: If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is.
When we saw the sign, we both knew what needed to be done.
After a week of last ditch efforts and late night debating, we swallowed our pride and moved back to Pennsylvania. Wiser for our journey, if nothing else.
LESSON LEARNED: Our plans and Life's plans for us may not be the same.
I wish I could have helped him that day, but we were in no position. We had to sell our car for the money to get us back to PA. We had no money for food or gas. We borrowed from my parents to make it home safe.