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Week 31: Grandparents’ House. Describe your grandparents’ house. Was it big or small? How long did they live there? If you do not know this information, feel free to describe the house of another family member you remember from your childhood.
My father’s mother was in a nursing home the one and only time I ever saw her, she had lived in Montana, and was now in Idaho. We visited my mother’s parents in Arkansas, but there were so many relatives, I don’t remember Grandpa and Grandma’s house at all.
So I will share about the house which was a family gathering place over the years. Whenever family from Arkansas would come for a visit, Auntie’s house is where we would gather. I also would spend some time there during the summers, with my cousins. We had many holiday meals there. A previous post tells about a family gathering that was held at the farm.
Auntie and Uncle John lived on a farm about 12 miles from town. Their house was a 2 story white (it was all white when I was growing up) frame house, that had been Uncle John’s grandparent’s home. It had one bedroom downstairs, and 4 upstairs. The staricase had about 3 steps up and then curved to head up to the top. David’s bedroom was the first one, then there was a large one that was shared by his sisters, Dedria & Cindy. It was a very bright and cheery room. No A/C to cool it off just fans. There were a couple of other rooms upstairs.
They had a living room with a large picture window, and one of the other windows had squares of colored glass. From the living room window you could see the clothesline and the swing set with it’s tractor seats. There was a door to a small porch that was seldom used. This room had the TV. It was always a treat for me to visit as we did not have our own TV. It opened into the dining room with the china closet, a round table and the spinet piano.
The kitchen was always a favorite place. No matter what time of day there was always a pot of coffee ready. Any visitor would be offered a cup of coffee. The kitchen was long and narrow with a small round table squeezed in by the refrigerator. This is where we would gather for breakfast, and many times with our cup of coffee. Two things I remember about the kitchen was the black cat clock with the swinging tail, and moving eyes.
Auntie had a “modern” kitchen stove. A 1960 Flair Frigidaire Electric Stove. It had 2 ovens, a large and small one over the heating elements. When the heating elements were in use they pulled out, after a meal and stove was cleaned, the elements were hidden away until needed. This stove cooked many, many meals. My Aunt was a good cook, and quite often we would come and be there for holiday celebrations. One of her trademarks was angel food cake, made from scratch. The eggs were fresh from their chickens. We also had lots of fried chicken.
Uncle John bought his grandparent’s house from his great-uncle. This was the house his grandparents had built after homesteading the ground. They move in a few months after they were married and raised their family there. They lived in the house for over 55 years until health issues forced them to live where they could be cared for. Auntie just celebrated her 89th birthday and would love to be able to return to her home.
This house has had some face lifts over the years. The kitchen was expanded by knocking out the wall to the back porch. The kitchen was roomier but it just wasn’t the same. The house has gone through some recent renovations, preparing it for a new generation. Auntie’s great granddaughter and her husband will be making it home, for another generation.
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