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Photos: In My Grandmother’s House

24 Jan

My Grandmother passed away in 2010 during Thanksgiving weekend.   About a year later her house in Long Beach was sold.  This was the house she had lived in for over fifty years.  She shared the house with my Grandfather up until his death in 1985.  My mother and uncle were raised in this house.  I was raised in this house.  For years Grandma’s house was my other home, and for a number of years as a young adult, it was my only home.  I was not there to ever officially say goodbye to all the rooms and walls and spaces that made up such a large part of my experience.

My memory of that house on Josie Avenue is still sharp in my mind.  I can hear my grandmother’s shuffling slippers as she makes her way to the heater on a cold morning.  There are the ticks of the pilot light then the rush of controlled flames igniting to fill the front of the house with warmth, as she then shuffles into the kitchen to make herself some toast.  I can see  the early evening summer sun lighting the entire kitchen as dinner fries on the stove.  Open windows welcome any breeze inside, the only air conditioning the house would ever have.  There are the shouts and whistles from the Millikan High football field mingling with the Evening News on the television all the way back in the den.  There are crows and morning doves.  There is a back fence barely standing upright, and a stick to hold the dryer door closed before the old machine finally met its final demise.  And there is clean.  Everything dusted, washed, picked up and put away.  The house is always clean.

When I finally moved out, I didn’t move far away.  I relocated myself only a few miles down the road in Belmont Shore, and would visit the house frequently.  I purchased my first digital camera in 2004 and took a series of photos inside the house not long after.  I still have that camera somewhere.  Big and bulky and with no-where-near the number of Mega Pixels my camera phone boasts, it took the best pictures I have ever taken.  Period.  I feel these were some of the best.

A brief flash in time.  A small world no longer here, but elsewhere in memory.

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