This old gal has seen so much in the past 103 years. She was around when cars and horses shared the road. She even had a barn with a few cows and chickens in the back yard. She saw the building of a garage for the family’s first car but as there were only 400 paved miles in all of the USA, it had to be washed often.
The steam whistle of the train changed to the piercing shriek of a diesel locomotive and, from her 2nd story window, she watched biplanes become jets streaking across the sky. Skirt hemlines have gone up and down and up again more times than can be counted. She’s seen shoes change from button ups to sneakers to flip flops. She’s even seen a baby being born 2 weeks after the new family moved in. She’s watched as babies learned to climb the stairs and, too soon, teenagers thundering down and out the door.
She’s enjoyed music from a wind up victrola, a radio, and then an electric record player in each of the bedrooms. She remembers so well the first time she heard a voice come though a shiny black telephone in the hall – now she hears conversations in every room. She saw the wonder of the Indian test pattern on a black and white television – and then, Land a Goshen, a color tv. She may be wondering what will be coming after computers and Ipads.
She watched clothes being scrubbed in a backyard washtub and sheets hanging to dry in the wind. Next came a wringer machine on the back porch which gave way to a modern washing machine in it’s own room. She recalls the scent of fresh baked bread from the old wood burning stove and is amazed that now with a pop – fresh dough is found in a small cardboard container and food can be cooked in mere minutes from a microwave or convection oven.
She remembers the sound of the ice truck coming down the street delivering ice for the spring house; the children chasing along beside begging for slivers. She was surprised when the old fireplaces in most every room were closed up and new fangled things called steam radiators were installed. And then to be able to feel the same warmth room to room when the new furnace was in place was very fine. (But she still misses the hiss and clunk of the radiators each morning.)
She’s felt the worry of family members when war was declared in 1918 and the joy when the boys came marching home. And although it was said that WWI was the “War to end all Wars,” once again, the boys marched off to war after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. So many young men have died in conflicts around the world in the years she’s been around. She’s always been one to fly the American flag on the front porch, watching it change from 48 stars to 50.
There have been many changes through her years. She’s endured a fire, the weight of heavy ice, a flood, harsh hurricane winds and even a recent tornado. She’s seen happiness and sorrow, elation and depair. Through it all she has remained steadfast, giving shelter and warmth, to everyone within her strong arms.
She even has a name given by one of the families – she’s called “The Happy Box” because everyone who’s lived in her, even though there has certainly been sadness and hardships at times, has enjoyed what life has brought.
As it tends to happen with centenarians, she’s beginning to look a little worn around the edges. There are a few joints that need to be replaced and leaks that can’t be fixed with bandages. And so this month, old slate and decayed wood have been removed and soon, she’ll get a good sanding and some fresh color. An old lady can always use a little face paint.
Our family has lived in this wonderful house for over one hundred years. We pray that those who follow us will be as happy as we’ve been and will continue to tell the stories for many more years.
What kind of stories could your home tell? If the walls could speak, what would they remember? No one else can tell this story – so will you?
Happy Memory Making,
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