6.19.2008

film date: my childhood home

I've been spending a lot more time than usual in Topeka, place of my childhood home. My mom still lives in the house I was born in. I've been going to see her, and I'm going again tomorrow. It's Grammy's 93rd birthday. My family is going through a hard time with the changes that have been happening to her, and I just want tomorrow to be like it was in the "olden" days. The picture above is me in the bathroom I grew up using, where I used to fight over the last hair elastic with Mindy until we were screaming. OK, maybe I don't want things to be exaclty like they used to be.
This is a small detail from the living room, the shuttered bay window overlooking the front yard. I always found this room to be sophisticated and relaxing. It was the place where we opened birthday presents, read J.D. Salinger books, and took long naps.
And here is the room I grew up sharing with Mindy. And no, that rug from Urban Outfitters wasn't part of my childhood. This room is beautiful and gets the best light in the house. I wish I hadn't given it up to Mindy in junior high, when I cleaned out the "storage" room to make a place for myself. Now that room is a present wrapping room, which is why I didn't take a picture of it.

8 comments:

cheryl cambras said...

lovely pictures. there are just so many memories in one's first home -- you captured the light beautifully.

Sarah said...

Your Mum has a present wrapping rooom?! I am so in love with that! Have a lovely weekend with your Grammy and family. I'm also loving the name Grammy!

alexandra said...

Such beautiful pictures. Keep your memories of the 'olden' days - they are sacred and precious. It's sad that things never go back, but it's good to keep tight hold on those memories.

Little Nutbrown Hare said...

I love your childhood home. Best regards to your family and especially Grammy.

erica said...

Happy birthday to your Grammy!

It's so nice that your mom still lives in your childhood home. My parents moved during my junior year of college, and then moved again.

The focus in the shuttered window is really dreamy. Naps sounds lovely, even though I just woke up :)

alysha said...

I love the simplicity of your childhood home, how nice it must feel to come home to it.

side note: I think I have that cardigan and scarf.

etoilee8 said...

I call my grandmother "Grammy" too!

montreal said...

I love the scarf you are wearing in the first photo! Can you tell me where you got it? Thanks!