SOLC 25 of 31: If Walls Could Talk, Part 3

“Would you like to see next door?” the adult son asked us.

“Oh yes,” we said. 

The duplex next door had been where my mom’s Aunt and Uncle and cousins had lived.  Both duplex houses had been bought by my grandfather’s father for his sons, my grandfather and my great uncle. 

Apparently, the adult son of the woman who lived in my mom’s old house, had bought the connecting duplex next door. He offered to show it to us.

What we saw when walked in was quite a juxtaposition to the other half of the duplex that we just came from. The son was renovating the duplex from top to bottom and wasn’t even living there yet.  The renovation looked like something out of a HGTV show.  The wood trim had all been sanded and re-stained. Ceiling beams were added to add architectural interest.  The rooms were flooded with light. Molding, chair rail and intricate attention to detail brought this duplex into the 21st century while maintaining its character. It was stunning. 

And yet, as we stood there, my mom could appreciate the new renovations, but still remember the places where she played with her cousins June and Jackie.  She could still recognize the living room that held family memories and the dining room that hosted dinners.

Oh, if those walls could talk to tell us all of the stories that happened while they lived there!


1 Comment

  1. Barbara Weisbart said,

    March 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I always remembered the house as being architecturally interesting with lots of big windows, high ceilings, moldings etc.Downstairs was carpeted, but upstairs was hard woods and my mother and aunt longed for the day when they could carpet over the hard woods. My mother remembered it as an old house and saw the new development split levels going up in the 50’s as something special. Well, seeing this old house renovated with all the special features (pocket doors and all) high lighed, amazed me, and I was right; it truly is a charmer! Jodi, your writing about this has caused me to reflect both on the visit and the years there. Thanks for bring up good memories.

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