Monday, November 15, 2010

Chapter 20 - Memories

When I was up in Connecticut for my Class Reunion, I not only visited the first house I lived in growing up but also went out to see the house I lived in when we began getting all of our animals.  It was a brand new house when we moved into it.  That was back when I was seventeen.  I had graduated high school and had been accepted to the UConn (University of Connecticut).  I was going to attend the local branch located in Waterbury.

Here's a few pictures that I took off the road of both the house and the barn.  You really have to "look through those trees" to even see the house!!  (To the right of that big tree trunk way in the back.) 

The front yard of the house had  changed immensely!  I hardly recognized it, to tell you the truth.  All the trees were huge and the house could hardly be seen from the road.  Back when I lived there, it was a nice open front lawn all the way down to the road.  I remember mowing all that grass and what a chore using a push mower!  Perhaps that's why the trees have been allowed to grow in...less mowing and for privacy...especially nowadays.  

I mean, back then, we never worried about privacy.  Good gravy, we never even locked the doors!

Times sure have changed!

Here's the barn, where the hay was stored after baling out in the hot summer sun.  To me, the barn looks so small.  I guess that's what happens when you grow up.  It's hard to believe, but we used to get 900 bales between the upper loft and lower level!  

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gld said...

Loved the reminiscing. You lived in a beautiful part of the country.

Like you things I remembered as being huge as a child, are not! I thought my Grandmother's house was a mansion with large rooms. In reality it was just a simple 2-bedroom ranch house...not fancy at all....still it was much larger than what we were living in at the time.

Joycee said...

It's good to go back. Home for me was Springfield, Missouri...a big old two story Craftman style house. It was a "double lot" and Mom would use a push mower to cut the grass. I was allowed to ride my bike around the block, no further! That was the 50's...It's good to look back, a great way to see how far we've come!

Anonymous said...

Sad but true. Times sure have changed!

When I was a kid in the 1950s almost every home on our block had a walk right in open door policy. Those days are gone but not forgotten :-)

Angela said...

I'm glad that you were able to check out your old home place. I'm sure the the previous owners of our farm are very disappointed when they drive by and see everything that we have done. Because we tore it all down, cut down all of the trees and built our house there. Nothing looks the same as it did 14 years ago! We love it though.

Have a Great Day!


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