For Pete’s Take: The American Dream has no age Limit


Seems like everyone I know is buying a home, including my wife Brenda and I. Why not? Interest rates are at historical lows, it’s a buyer’s market and coming off a few down years, sellers are motivated like never before. Two of my co-workers recently found their dream homes and even my family members are jumping into mix. Brenda’s parents and my nephew just put ink-to-paper for their new digs as well. I think it’s great as home ownership is a traditional American value. It’s just that there’s one person who is jumping in who I can say with most certainty “I didn’t see that one coming.” It’s my Dad. I talk and visit with Dad a lot; it’s one of the many benefits I looked forward to when I decided to move back to LA (Lansing Area). We talk about all the typical things parents and children talk about; the weather, sports, other family members and just about life in general. It was during one of these conversations that he slid in that he was going to buy a home. Dad is going to be 91 years old in a few months; he’s part of the greatest generation. Originally from the steel mill town of Pittsburgh, he moved our family to East Lansing in the early 1950s when he accepted a position with WKAR and Michigan State University. It has to be some kind of record. Most folks that age are happy to just be happy, but not my dad and that doesn’t surprise me. See, Dad marches to a different drummer — no make that — a band and it’s one of his most endearing qualities. Let’s see what I can recall him doing. Mind you, this is a partial list and all after he turned 70:
  • Parachuting out of an airplane
  • Crewing on a three-mastered schooner off Cape Cod
  • Hiking up the Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Surviving an Outward Bound adventure in the hills of North Carolina
So, when I hung up the phone after he excitedly told me about his new home, all I could do was smile. Home has always been a special place for my dad, and my mom when she was still with us. It was a home filled with the memories of a fun and happy childhood for me and my siblings and the epicenter for the family events my parents lived for. I stopped by this morning for a visit to his new home. The movers had just finished up and you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face if you tried. Mine either.

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Pete Ruffing

Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.

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