In 1972 a little cotton-headed boy was given that copy of Winnie the Pooh for his second birthday. Three years later, his family moved to Austin and built the house that we live in now.
At the same time, a few hours drive south of here, a little girl was napping, her head on a pillow that was cased in that same blue floral print as the one in the photo above.
That little boy and that little girl grew up, fell in love, weathered some highs and lows and eventually were monumentally blessed with three little boys to call their own… little boys who appreciate a good Winnie story, atop a vintage pillowcase, in their Dad’s boyhood home.
What is special about my neighborhood? Simply this: my husband grew up on these streets and within these walls. He romped in the same creek, rode his bike on the same path, climbed the same trees, and scaled the same courtyard wall.
I swear, sometimes I can almost see him, hear his laughter, all mixed up in the boy chaos that surrounds our home and spills out onto our street. The ghost of the boy that Daddy once was, plays hide and seek with our imaginations.
I think though, that all of the things that I’d like to say about that, fall under tomorrow’s heading of “home.” So I will save the nostalgic sap for then. If you like that sort of thing, I assure you, I won’t disappoint. I like to finish strong 🙂
Until then, I will leave you with two of today’s very special happenings and a host of stuff that I think is pretty special from Flickr.
1) I got to have a real live (okay phone) chat with Eren today, and y’all she is just as charming in “real” life as she is on her blog. I even got to hear her little men in the background, running in and out of the backdoor, asking for more popcorn. You know, you can share emails, read all about a person, collaborate artistically, even feel like you know them, but to hear a voice, that’s another thing entirely. Very special. Thanks, Eren.
2) We cancelled our satellite service and are moving our TV out to Daddy’s office (in our backyard), where it will wait for special movie nights. I’ve been thinking on this for a long time now. I think there are some great things on TV, both for the mama and daddy, and for our guys too. I think in moderation, it can be a really cool learning tool and even some worthy downtime entertainment, but I was growing weary of it stretching over us, like kudzu. When your kids are quoting their favorite shows several times a day, and when their first instinct after lessons, meals, or soccer practice is to ask for the remote, well… it was just time. I hate to admit I’m a little nervous. It is so. very. nice when they will all sit and be quiet for a little while, but we will adapt and be better for it I think. Stay tuned, so to speak.
And speaking of worthy things at which to gape, here are some recent Flickr Faves:
1. ???? color memory 04, 2. overgrowth, 3. yellow, 4. Day 252/365…….Fall in my hand, 5. Dreamland – Mariano en el Citroen (2), 6. boys’ desk, 7. a i r s t r e a m, 8. pin cusion jack-o-lantern, 9. Danae, 10. Washboard, 11. Untitled, 12. newest acorns, 13. red+yellow, 14. Untitled, 15. easel, 16. Peter Peter
Ahh, so much “scope for the imagination” as Anne would say.
Join me tomorrow for the final installment of Neighborhood Week.
Next week, we’ll be back with lots of new learning endeavors, explorations and craftiness.