A house and a home

House of memories_StaatsThis has been a week of reflection for me.  Those of you that have followed my blog the past few years know that my parents passed away within a few months of each other two years ago.  The house that they moved into when I was three years old was the house that they shared until their deaths.  The first owners of this house and the first house built on the block, they moved in with the dreams of their life together and the dreams of building a family.  The house was the shell that was filled with the shared experiences of my parents, my two brothers, and myself as we all grew up.  This home expanded to include grandparents, in-laws, grandchildren, and friends way too numerous to count.  As the family grew, so too the house grew with additions designed by my father the architect.  And with each addition and change, the new rooms were filled to the brim with more memories and love.  The once new “stick-tree” in the front yard has matured and extends over the entire yard and house, its arms having held so many of us as we climbed up its branches.   Each person who passed over the threshold knew they were welcomed with the large arms my parents opened.  The house has now been passed on to the second owner in its 58 years.  But I know that the house is only a structure; the people are the ones that made it a home.  The memories and stories of the family and friends that have been a part of the structure will continue in our family throughout the generations that follow.

2 thoughts on “A house and a home

  1. Rex Hamann March 21, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Nicely done, Linda! The tree says it all. But you said it even better. Reminds me of the house my family lived at in Madison, Wis. where I grew up. What city is this in? Thanks for the perspective. It’s always good for the soul to hear, and see, what other people treasure most in their lives.

    • lindastaatsphoto March 23, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      The house is in the Kansas City area. And yes, time is wonderful at putting things in perspective — helping us to see what is important and what isn’t. Funny how we never notice the tree (or each other) growing day by day, but two photos like this reveal so very much. Thanks for your comments, Rex – always good to hear from you.

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