Ever Visit The House You Lived In As A Kid?

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  1. Arlene Richards

    Arlene Richards Very Well-Known Member
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    (Assuming your family moved out of it)

    Attended a funeral a couple years ago in the town where I went to high school.

    Afterwards we drove by the high school, store where I worked at my first job as a teen, and also the house we lived in when I was in junior high. I thought it would look old and dilapidated. It was at the end of a dead-end street, I guess now it would be called a cul-de-sac. But WOW, it had been totally upgraded and looked wonderful! Whoever lived there had really taken care of it. I sat for a few minutes and reminisced…….considered knocking on the door and asking to look inside, but I didn’t (thought that might be rude and a little creepy). Not everyone is into nostalgia. So, we drove away.

    OTOH, the house we lived in later (which was built new in the late 60s) had been sold and not taken care of. Sad.

    The house I lived in as a very young child (in a different town) had been torn down many years ago and last time I drove by (over 20 yrs ago) a construction company was on that lot.

    aaahhh, the memories!
     
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    "aaahhh, the memories!"

    God, how I can relate to your post! Born, raised in, and left the old house in Suburban Chicago the year of my 30th. birthday. Kin left behind, sister and her family, 2 nephews, my Mother (Dad died 2 months before I left). The old brick bungalow I bought from my parents when they retired looked just as solid years later (after I left) as it did before. Neighborhoods were drastically changed, though. The previous mainstay of Czech, Polish, Italian folks there had changed to itinerant quality: several Hispanic families living in a single home, thugs evident, graffiti everywhere, abandoned vehicles in evidence, decay at it's most obvious. I was appalled. And, that was only about 25 years after I left.

    My folks bought the place in 1941. The house was then 18 years old. I had bought it from them in 1966, when they retired out of state (Michigan), and I sold it and left forever in 1972.

    No homes were ever up for sale when I was a kid there. The middle-European ethic of buy, pay off, live there forever prevailed. All such culture is now gone, take the fast, easy buck. Sell out, even if to some scum-bag, you cannot turn them away.

    Often, I think about, and greatly miss, those times which were the happiest in my memory, my first, and BEST job, the ageless stores and venders, the fact that anything I needed could be found there, obscure parts for the race cars I built, for example. It's all different now.

    Frank
     
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    Sadly my family home was also demolished long ago for street widening, nowadays I drive over where it used to be, I have photos of it somewhere but not with me.
     
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    When my sons were little I would take them for a drive to places where my family lived. They were too young so it was mostly for my benefit. My grandparents lived in a rural area it was just a field then as was basically the whole area. Most of the homes that my sisters and I grew up in were gone - just empty lots. Only one was still intact but looked vacant but the neighborhood looked the same very quiet.

    About a few years after we purchased our house we had a visitor. The son of the owner asked if he could just take a look inside the house he had grew up in. He said it was pretty much the same as he remembered. I told him with the exception of fresh paint I loved the house exactly as it was when I first saw it. It turned out to be a pleasant visit.
     
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    I would give almost anything to do that. The first was demolished not long after we moved. The second and third are still there. I have done many drive bys, they both look fine. I dream of being in all three frequently, in fact I was dreaming I was in the second one just last night.
     
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    image.png My place has been empty a few years and is slowly falling apart. My great grandfather built this house in 1900. It's sad to see it like this.
     
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    As the saying goes ... you can never go back, BUT if you do, expect to be disappointed.

    My childhood home is still standing, about 1500 miles away from where I live now.
    I don't visit the area anymore. Have only been back for funerals, and a passing glance at the home I lived in so long ago. It's a strange feeling seeing the past, and having long-forgotten memories come to mind.
     
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    When we were in Michigan on a business trip for my wife in 2008, we drove by her families house in Lincoln Park. Still there, but of course old looking. Also drove by the lake cottage the family had while my wife was still in high school. The owners that took over really did upgrade it, but my wife still recognized it.

    Drove down to Indiana and thru the area I grew up during my junior high and high school years. The house/farm is still there and the house appears to look the same as when I left for the Navy in 1968. The barn had definitely been remodeled, but the garage and tool/work shed next to it was gone. Brought back some memories, but, as I say "not all memories are good to remember". Wasn't able to drive by the house I grew up in during my grade school years, so don't know how that looks now, if it's even still standing. Have never been back to the old home in the State of New York I left when I was 6 yrs. old.
     
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    I lived in the same house in north Idaho from the time I was about 4-5 until I grew up and got married.
    After my parents passed away, I moved back into the house and lived there for several years, and then sold it when I moved to Western Washington to live.
    The house is still there now , but the front porch is gone, and all of mom's lilacs that were along the front fence-line. I imagine that most , if not all, of her other flowers and shrubs are gone now, too.

    My folks also owned the little neighborhood grocery store that was next door to our home, and that had deteriorated so badly that it had to be demolished, and there is at least one house on that lot now, too.
    I also dream about still living in that house , and usually my parents are still living there when I dream about it, although I could be just about any age in most of my dreams, but always an adult.

    Here is a picture that was taken in the early 60's when my oldest son was little. My dad worked for the local REA as a lineman, and we are posing on his truck with my mother beside the truck. The house then still looked just about the same as it did all of the time I was growing up there.

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    The house I grew up in is still standing in Pittsburgh. My mom sold it a few years after my father died in 1997 and she moved in with my youngest sister in New Jersey. I haven't been back because nobody left in Pittsburgh for me.

    I did see a picture of it recently on a site that shows you your old home. Just looked a little different. The house was built in 1961 and we were the first owners.

    Prior to that house we had one for a few years and then rented one til we bought this last one.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith you mention dreaming about the house. I also have dreams about houses I lived in as a kid. But usually I’m an adult or often the age I am now, and the other people (parents, siblings) are the way they looked and sounded when I was a kid or maybe the last time I saw them. It’s a strange feeling but also rather comforting.
     
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    What part of Indiana, Cody? My wife was born and raised about 20 miles northwest of Fort Wayne, off of route 33. I lived in Fort Wayne a year, where I met her. Frank
     
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    2 of my childhood homes no longer exist. They where torn down to make room for an expressway!! crybaby.gif
     
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    @Ken N Louis. I like your expressiveness not the fact that your childhood homes are gone because of an expressway. I use to work at a local government planning board and when homes are demolished like this it has been in the making for years before it happens. Most homeowners or businesses are either bought out or for some legal reason had to move out.

    Our city has been going through a revitalization for several years now because of revamping of the interstate entrances and exits. I live close to center city and I see how it has affected the surrounding residential areas.
     
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    No, it burned when I was in college. My father rebuilt, but I was already out of the house by then so there are no memories of that house. I can still clearly picture the house that I grew up in though, and could recreate it if I were skilled in construction.
     
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    What a great thread!! It makes me feel a little sad reading everyone's posts and looking at the photos. Also I have tapes (I pulled out a bunch of cassette tapes with 50s and 60s music on them.) I'm listening to as I read this so I'm feeling quite nostalgic. I have only been back to a few of the places I've lived and I'm always surprised at how much smaller they are than I remembered.

    I read a book by Goldie Hawn a few years ago and she said she and a friend or two of hers were in the city where she had grown up. She knocked on the door of the house she lived in as a teen and asked if she could look through it. The people let her come in and look around. I was thinking how surprised a person would be if a celebrity knocked at their door and ask if they could come in and look around. :) Wow, I'd sure hope that was a day I'd made the bed!
     
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    We moved houses every few years when I was a kid, but apart from the first one which was in a different city ..the rest were all within a mile or 2 of each other..

    first and second ones from the 50's, and early 60's were torn down and made way for whole new housing estates. I have visited the last 2 several times since I left at 18...they both look almost identical to when I lived there..minor changes here or there ..but still the same.. I can look at them both on google street view now, and see them. My mother died in the last house!!
     
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    My sister and I returned to Lake Villa a few years back to go to an annual carnival that has been held there since we were young and before. We decided to go visit the house my grandfather had built and we had lived in when we were younger. As it turns out the people that bought it from my parents still lived there. They were happy to let us tour it and like one of the other posters, I was struck by how small it was. The memories that flooded back gave a kind of sweet peace and a rightness with the world.
     
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    I keep touch with my hometown, Waterville, Ohio, and go through the homes and land that are up for sale. One was the home I grew up in. The Realtor had a video showing each room, and lawn. I seen my bedroom. Folks bedroom and nursery next to it. Grandma and PaPa's guest bedroom. Remembering cooking breakfast and looking at the river, through that picture window that overlooked the Maumee River. It was exciting to sit at my computer and see these pictures and reminisce.:)
     
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    @Marilyn Pahl "Maumee River"

    The name reminded me that the Maumee is one of three rivers converging in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My wife was born and grew up 15 miles north of there. Just wondering if Watervillle is near Fort Wayne? Those rivers have been known to cause some real flooding in Fort Wayne. I owned a house there myself while employed by Dana Corporation in Churubusco, 10 miles north.
     
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    Well my parents still live in the house that I lived in since the age of 9 in a suburb of Erie, PA so I am up there once or twice a year. I also sometimes drive by a couple of areas I lived in before we moved there. One of the houses is still there, the other one I am not sure, because it is down a private road, and I haven't driven down the road..maybe next time I go up there I will check it out. When I was pretty young about ages 3-7 we lived in a place we called the cellar..It was basically a basement that no one ever built a house on top of. It was kind of a cozy little place actually. It had a blacktop roof, that sometimes leaked alittle bit. I remember being on the top of it with a broom sweeping off the water...lol.
     
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    I was born and raised in a city apartment and the owner sort of became a family friend. I moved out when I was 24 or so and after several years, the remaining members of my family also moved to another house. After sometime, I asked my husband to pass by our place just to take a look at our old apartment. What do you know, the apartment was gone and in place was a small building that looks like a condominium. Talk of progress, huh.

    My husband's ancestral home was sold in 2010. Immediately, it was demolished and a 3-story building now stands on the lot. If we had the money, we would have bought their ancestral home to preserve it somehow. But it was situated in the metro where land is very expensive. We just couldn't afford it.
     
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    Oh my were not far away in Ohio....We would watch the weather closely during the January Thaw, and the ice flow going through. Always had the radio on none stop, Coffee Shop busy, and talking with anybody that came through from Ft. Wayne.The three rivers that started in Ft. Wayne. Maumee, Auglaze , and the St. Joseph. The two rivers Auglaze and St. Joseph were tributaries that flowed into the Maumee the biggest of them and went through Neapolitan, Defiance, Liberty Center, Waterville, Maumee, and Toledo, Ohio into Maumee Bay that emptied in Lake Erie. The Greyhound bus starts in Toledo, Ohio still stops in Waterville, Ohio and into Ft. Wayne Ind. :)
     
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    Many years ago, when I was about sixteen or seventeen, I was hitchhiking through Ohio, south of Michigan, headed east. It was very early in the morning, probably two or three o'clock, and there was no traffic, so I was walking rather than waiting for a car to come along. I was hungry, and could see the lights of a town to my right (south). I left the highway, walking down an embankment because there wasn't an on-ramp there, and walked toward the lights, hoping to find a 24-hour gas station or convenience store. An actual restaurant would have been better yet, but I was willing to settle.

    I walked a long ways, through a residential area, and didn't come across anything that looked like a business at all. Whatever the town was, the lights looked a lot brighter from the highway. Being stubborn, I decided to keep walking rather than turning back. Eventually, I came to the Maumee River. I don't know what town I was in, possibly Maumee itself, as I think it was in that general area. There was a bridge across the river, but things didn't look any brighter on the other side.

    I stood there by the river for a while and, although there were buildings all around, nothing was moving. I was thinking of sleeping along the river until daylight. Everything was quiet and lonely. Then I heard what sounded like some kind of chanting going on somewhere along the river. I couldn't understand any of it, but the sound carried on the water, and it was spooky. I decided to give it up, and I walked back to the highway. That's the extent of my experiences with the Maumee River. I hated it. It's spooky, and people chant weird stuff late at night.
     
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    I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. If you crossed that bridge from Maumee you would be a mile outside Perrysburg Ohio. Waterville was 7 miles south from Maumee. Weird Stuff.... My folks had just moved in the house, this woman was jilted by her lover she tried to drowned herself in 7 inches of Maumee River water.:rolleyes:
     
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