The house to the right, was a two family home, the upper level had a couple named Frank and Flossie living in it, my family lived in the bottom level. Now, we moved out of this house in 1983 and this picture was taken long after that but, the yard still looks similar. The house not so much, it was kept up much better back then but, the neighborhood was not so downtrodden, either.
I do have to say that the porch looks so small. I remember it as being huge, holding a few pieces of medal furniture and oftentimes us girls and my parents. It seemed to be so high off the ground back then, looking at it now, well, not so much.
This was one of the places I lived in while we lived in Niagara Falls, there were others but, I don’t remember them so much. When I was younger and thought of my hometown it was Niagara Falls, and this house that I thought of. Now, it is Colonial Beach and my family’s home. Even though I was born in New York I do not feel like NY is home. Virginia from the mountains to the Bay and back again is where I belong.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind going back to NY, I love my family, it just doesn’t happen often. My Aunt is setting up a reunion (like I mentioned yesterday) for next summer and we’re trying very hard to get the whole family there. Or as much as we can find. We do have 2 cousins that no one has heard from in years. If I am adding all the 3rd generation correctly, there should be 47 of us there. I might be one or two off, as I’m not sure how many children my one cousin has.
Needless to say, there are a lot of us. I mean, hell, I’m one of four, plus there are 2 husbands and 1 long term boyfriend, 4 children (5 by then) and my parents. That is 14 right there so I have to be off in my addition.
Scary isn’t it?
Nah, I shouldn’t say that, overwhelmingly my family is great, there is one that I could do without, and, well most of us could but, every family has one of them. I imagine he will not be there as last I heard he wasn’t in touch with anyone. So, that would be 3 of my generation not there. Maybe a miracle will happen and we’ll find them.
Have a great day.