Eighth-grader wins bond for 'dream house' essay

September 06, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

HAMPSTEAD -- Rina Vaishnav put her dream house into words and won a $100 savings bond.

The 12-year-old may wait years before her prize earns enough interest to pay for her dream. The price of her home will skyrocket as she adds amenities like dual stairways with golden handrails and a pet bedroom.

"I really doubt if I would ever get something that big with all those things," she said. "But I would really like to."

Her essay took first place in the children's category in O'Conor, Piper & Flynn's "We Deliver the American Dream" contest. The real estate company asked contestants, "What is your idea of the American dream home?"

Rina, an eighth-grade student at North Carroll Middle School, said she and her parents, Hema and Bankim Vaishnav, live on a quiet court in a "regular" house with red garage doors. She read about the contest in the newspaper and thought she could improve on "just regular."

Writing at the end of an exhausting day of house-hunting, she wistfully daydreamed of an ideal domicile. She sharpened her pencil and went to work on an elaborate floor plan.

She pictured a grand entrance -- a long driveway winding around marble fountain surrounded by red roses. Her home opens on a living room with "tons of windows and greenery."

The house is not without mystery. She pushes on a wall and finds a secret passage to a rear garden.

In the back yard, she is in sports heaven with tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Rina said she doesn't need a pool, but a "tiny pond" for her swans would do nicely.

Her kitchen is done in trendy black and white. Entertaining is no problem. A crystal chandelier hangs over a dining room table, which comfortably seats 18. Red carpeted stairs lead to rooms with arcade games and facilities for several roaming pets. "The rooms all have televisions, VCRs and telephones," she said. "I want it be a great place to hang out."

Rina's essay was one of about 20 submitted statewide by writers in her age group -- children 15 and younger. "Most adults wrote of a home as a loving place for family, while the children concentrated more on things," said David Williams, one of six judges. "It showed the differences about where people are in their lives."

Rina said an actual home purchase is a long way off for her. Education comes first. She plans to save her winnings so she can go to Harvard, she said.

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