What Do You Remember About Your First House?

When I drive past the very first house I grew up in, I’m amazed at how small it appears. Not only the house, but the front yard as well. As a child, I had many fond memories playing inside and out.

What features do you remember about the inside of your first house?

The laundry chute made a great hide-and-seek spot. We would climb up into the bottom of the chute and cover ourselves with the dirty clothes. Of course, if no one found us in ten minutes, we’d climb out.

In my sister’s room, there was a small attic space near the dormer. We would sit in there and light incense, or melt a candle to make wax seals on paper or envelopes. Surprisingly enough, Mom never knew about this until years later.

What were some features you liked about your neighborhood?

There was an empty lot right across the street, which was great for group games like football, kickball, capture the flag and red rover. Because we lived on a dead-end street, the kids would also ride their bikes, play basketball or jump rope on the street.

Behind our house, was a wooded area and then a small lake. There was no swimming in it, but some would fish there. The woods had many trails for walking or riding your bike; or for sledding in the winter.

What are some events you’ll always remember about your neighborhood?

When I was 6 or 7, I took an initiation test to join a fort that was made out of sticks, limbs, and branches of leaves. To pass the test, I had to take off all of my clothes. (I don’t remember hesitating, because being included into that club  was important to me). So I followed through. As soon as I had all of my clothes off, I heard my mom yelling for me to come home. I yelled back, “OK, I’ll be right there!” I hurriedly put my clothes back on and ran up to the house from the woods, as the newest member in the club.

Another time, my friend Susie and I were walking along a path close to the water’s edge when we spotted some cans tied to a string. She reached in and pulled them out. It was beer. She proceeded to pull the tab on one of the cans and took a sip and then handed the can to me. I took a sip. I can’t remember much of what happened next by my sister tells me that she spotted us leaving the woods and looking a little tipsy.

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My friend Susie and I (around 4-5 years old)

I have been blessed with many more memories that will be shared in my book – Around Robin Hood’s barn – due to be published in TBD.

What do you remember about your first house? Feel free to share your memories in the comments below.

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About the Author:

My name is Susan W (sue) Corbran. I am a writer, a Creative Memories consultant, a volunteer in Children's Ministry at my church, and an advocate for widows and gay Christians. I love helping people - whether it is by sharing my stories; consulting with others on how to preserve their most precious memories - photos and ways to tell their stories; or helping children learn about God - and for them to know that He loves them, no matter what! I am a Mom and a Grandma. I love to golf, travel, read, and listen to music (and play the piano and guitar, when available - simple songs!). Oh and I love to write - so be sure to read some of my blogs. I am a co-author of the book Emerge: Real Stories of Courage and Truth, An Amazon Best Seller, 2015, along with The Call to Soar, an Amazon Best Seller, 2016. An author of the ebook Five Simple Ways to Love Gay Christians You Need to Know Now, 2017, and other numerous blogs and articles for magazine contests. This year, 2017, I plan to publish a series of books for young adult (ages 9-14) in the genre of Christian Life. I also hope to publish a book of childhood memories (to share with my grandchildren). My hope is that God willl be praised and glorified by my writing for Him.

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