When my family and I moved away from my childhood home in Southern Cali in late 1974 I never expected I'd ever see the inside of the house again. I don't know about you but I'm not the kind of person who is willing to walk up to the front of a house, knock on the door and announce to the current resident that I once lived in their house and then ask to come in a look around.
But thankfully my big sister is.
Well, sort of!
My brother Bill and I
asked begged her to do it!
Linda actually asked if we could take pictures in our old front yard and the kindest man EVER not only said yes, but invited us inside as well! I can't even begin to tell you all what a blessing this was for the three of us.
I never dreamed when I walked out of that home in August 1974 that I'd ever peek inside it again. It's been nearly 38 years since my family called the tiny house on Sigman Street home.
Now...this is not our home...but it's nearly identical to what it looked like back in 1962. I grew up in a track-home neighborhood where every fourth house was the same. This house is a couple streets away and not far from the one my parents bought for less than $10K. The home above still has the crank out glass slated windows and the original garage. Betcha it has a wall heater and no AC either!
A few years ago this is what our home looked like. The windows were updated and the garage door replaced. It also had a newer roof as the one we had was originally rock.
The house today is in the process of being completely updated and lots of remodeling is taking place on the inside. The original 950SF floor plan has probably been doubled in size as additions have been added to both sides and across the entire back. The windows have once again been changed and the front door enlarged and repositioned.
See this sweet picture above? It was taken in January 1974 before the Winter Formal hosted by our high school. That is Linda and I (on the left) all dressed up and ready to go. I had just turned 15 and that guy was my BLIND DATE (I never saw him again)! In the picture the doorjamb you can barely see behind me is shown in the photo below...
The ceilings in the house have been raised and if you look carefully at the wall above the door you can see where the original ceiling once was. To the left of this doorway we had a raggedy old wall heater...it was tiny and had to heat the entire house. I use to dry my hair in front of it as a teenager and when I was little I tried to dry the hair of my Midge Barbie Doll but ended up melting off her, um...chest!
(Isn't it funny what you remember?)
The white door you see in the hallway is the only bathroom we had in our home at the time...
Linda and I never had any pictures taken of us in our bedroom while growing up and so I was very excited when the current owner allowed us to snap some pictures. I can't even begin to tell you how tiny this room is! My French Provincial twin headboard was against the wall where you see the lamp and Linda's was on the other side. A wee little chest was between our beds and a matching one was by the door.
I remember clearly the day I snapped this picture of my daddy back in 1969. Long before he fell prey to the MONSTER IN THE BRAIN he was vibrant, healthy and strong. He was weeding out the area around our water meter...
I'm not sure why, but I was overwhelmed with the thought of snapping a picture of the same area before we drove away. I love how both the cement cracks/seams can be seen in each photo. What I wouldn't give to have seen my father sitting there as well. :....(
I know we can never really go 'home' once we've grown up and moved away. But...even though the decor and the layout of my childhood home has greatly changed it was a blessing to be allowed back inside. In many ways it will always be HOME for me.
Want to know one of the life-lessons I learned while on this trip?
Someday if some nice looking siblings knock on my front door with a bunch of childhood pictures showcasing our La Chaumière de Briarwood I'll think twice before turning them away.
Hope your day is blessed! More about my Cali Trip soon!
Love to you...