Lodged between two big box stores in Seattle, Washington sits a cute little house, very much resembling the flying home carried away by balloons in the popular 2009 Pixar movie, Up.
But this house is real, and the heartwarming story behind it is at least as good as any movie ever made.
Edith lived in her home for 60 years.
The real-life homeowner is Edith Macefield, an 86-year-old woman who has lived in her home for 60 years.
While her neighborhood was being transformed into an urban mecca, she stood her ground solidly against the developers, who tried to offer her hundreds of thousands of dollars for her little home. When Edith didn’t budge, that offer reached $1 million, and she still told them to take a hike!
She found an unlikely friend.
As her neighbors succumbed to the pressures of bureaucracy and the temptation of money, Edith did not. She would not.
In a surprising twist, Barry Martin, the construction project manager, began visiting Edith and ended up genuinely enjoying her company. A guy who was involved with the effort to schmooze Edith into letting go of her home ended up being schmoozed by Edith!
It was a “reverse schmooze!”
Martin soon found himself running errands for Edith, having wonderful conversations, and cooking her meals!
The fact was, Barry Martin liked Edith a lot, considered her a great friend, and he had no legal authority to replace her house to make room for another mall store. Developers did all they could, but in the end, they had to build their new mall around Edith’s home.
They did the right thing.
Sadly, Edith was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during the years the construction project was taking place, and her new friend Martin cared for her as best he could. He even became her primary caregiver.
In perhaps the most ironic but appropriate twist in the plot, Edith gave her home to Martin when she died in 2008. Martin kept Edith’s house right where it was.
She was never forgotten.
Martin has a family and a home of his own, but he still visits Edith’s home often.
“It’s funny, you know, every time I come in here I expect to look over there and see her,” Martin told CBSN. “I walk around in there and look at things and think about her.”
The legacy of Edith lives on.
In 2015, Edith’s house was given to a charity that planned to move and refurbish it and use it to provide affordable housing to someone who desperately needs it. However, the funding fell through, and the fate of the little house is now uncertain.
H/T Hero Viral