Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tune in Tuesdays

For many years, I lived in the very same house where my mom spent most of her childhood, too. A 3-story monster, the house had seen the comings and goings of my grandma, grandpa, and nearly all of their 12 children at some time or another. It was full of charm and history. Having lived there for so many of my most formative years, it has always held a special place in my heart.

Inevitably, the house grew to be too much for my grandma. With her kids all grown up, it was more square feet and responsibility than any single, aging woman can or should have to deal with. So she sold it. No one in our family was in any position to buy it (and honestly, it probably would've only caused drama), so it went to a nice young family who was sure to get many great years out of it.

I think about the house often. It's still in the neighborhood, so I even drive by from time to time. My mom actually knows the new owners from my brother and sister's school, so last year she had a chance to go in and look around. They've made plenty of updates, both big and small, and it's beautiful, she says. I still picture it as I lived it—dark woodwork lining the walls, a single chipped brick along the kitchen wall, the secret staircase hidden behind the stove. Nearly 8 years later, I can still close my eyes and move quietly from room to room, knowing exactly which squeaky stairs to skip and which side of the wall to reach for to turn the light on.

So when I first heard Miranda Lambert's "The house that built me," it was like it was meant for me. Sure it's a story that's a little bit different that mine, but the message—the idea of going back to the house that made you who you are—tugged on my heart strings.

So that brings me to this week's edition of Tune in Tuesdays. Enjoy!

{I couldn't find one of my pictures of the house, so I turned to trusty Google Maps, thus the reason for the slightly lower quality of the photo} 
And if by chance you have never heard "The house that built me," I highly suggest you check it out.

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  1. Oh, I want a big family house with history! One of my favorite day-dreams.

  2. I love that song and this post!

    My grandparents still have that big old house (8 kids not 12!) but have been talking about selling it recently and moving across the street in a smaller ranch house. And I'm with you, I almost would rather it go to a stranger than family to avoid drama :) I know it will be hard to say goodbye either way because so much life has been lived in that house!