Watching a Knitted Dress Unravel
Once upon a time a debutante came onto the ballroom floor in a knitted dress. She was natty and neat. She got compliments on that knitted dress.
But that very evening one stitch broke. The knit material sagged a bit as each loop that had been held by the broken loop fell free. And each of the loops in that chain stitch loosed another, and then the dress sagged a lot.
With each new dance step a bit more of the knit material unraveled. The diners at the ringside tables watched in fascination and wondered when the dress would give way. Each minute a tiny bit more of the dress gave way and each loop of yarn that held another let go.
The diners could see the dancer’s lacy undergarments through the unraveling dress.
I am watching an old folks home unravel. It is fascinating and horrible to watch.
When I moved in there were no apartments left vacant. Then the administration changed. There had been a natural attrition, but now fewer people moved in than moved out.
Since there were fewer residents and fewer people paying rent, to save the cost of one salary, the new administration combined the jobs of maintenance man and bus driver .
Therefore there were fewer trips and so fewer people found this an attractive place to live.
With even fewer renters, the laundress was let go and the housekeepers washed the sheets and pillow cases and towels as well as cleaned the rooms. With more duties, the housekeepers gave each room a little less time.
With more casual housekeeping fewer people moved in.
Each stitch of the knitted garment that held another stitch let go.
By now the residence was half full. The chef quit and his job was taken over by the second assistant to the maintenance man. A cook with less experience prepared less tasty food.
Some of the people at my table complained so bitterly about the cold food, the unattractive portions, the unorganized service that the waitress refused to serve our table.
Another stitch let loose.
I am watching a once comfortable residence unravel like a snagged knit dress.
It is fascinating to see stitch after stitch give way and wonder when the debutante will be dancing in her underwear.
PS Resonse to some of the comments below:
I'm not as depressed as I sound. Writing the above analogy helped me put things in perspective. If you can keep smiling when all about you are depressed, the old joke says, you must not have a clear view of the situation..
In fact, people, including the landlord, have reminded me that if I don't like the way things are, I can move. To which I reply, "Oh, no. This place has potential. It was once a nice, friendly, homey, comfortable place to live. It may be again someday."
Meanwhile, I have lots of support. See the comments below: