Imagine the home(s) where you grew up, and start drawing a floor plan. As you draw, memories will surface. Grab onto one of those memories and tell us a story.
This isn't hard for me to do, since my parents still live in the same house I grew up in. I see it all the time, though it looks quite different after years of remodeling and redecorating.
But I'll tell you a quick story of something that flooded my mind with memories while I was there the other day.... I was looking for something in one of the upstairs bedroom closets and noticed the wall in the back was still incomplete, which led back behind the wall, from one end of the house to the other.
Memories washed over me and settled like a cozy blanket. When my two younger brothers and I were kids, we buried a treasure map in an old wooden box way back behind the wall there. We singed the edges of the parchment the map was drawn on to make it look old and interesting, and we sealed the edges of the box with candle wax. Yeah, I know .... what the heck were we doing with matches and candles??
Um, being kids .... naughty ones. *sheepish grin*
Anyway, flash forward to present day and my seven year old son wanted to know what I was doing in the closet, so I told him about the memory and showed him how, if you climb back behind the wall, you can get from one side of the house to the other through the rafters, and that as a child, I stashed a secret treasure map back there years ago.
He was dazzled.
We tried finding it, but it was not as easy as we'd hoped. What fun would that be, anyway? Now the seed is planted in his head and he's determined to find it one day. It will give him something to plot and plan, if nothing else. He'll be disappointed to learn there is no treasure, only a map ... but hey, let a kid dream, that's what I say! ;)
Do you have any childhood memories from the house you grew up in? Please share!