Thursday, June 3, 2010

"The House That Built Me"

"I know they say you can't go home again. I just had to come back one last time. I thought if I could touch this place or feel it, this brokenness inside me might start healing. Out here it's like I'm someone else, I thought that maybe I could find myself, if I could just come in, I swear I'll leave. Won't take nothing but a memory from the house that built me."
I love this  Miranda Lambert song. The words are so perfect for something that just happened to me. This is my Grandma's house I grew up in most of my childhood. This is the front and back porch where I played all the time. Over the years my Grandma's house became very run down and neglected. But recently it was totally remodled on the inside and out and is for sale by a realtor. I don't live in this town where the house is but I was going by there one day on my way to somewhere else when I saw what they were doing! As I went by I noticed that the old windows were leaning against the garage. I told my husband (my hero) that night what I saw. He said on the weekend we would go and try to get them. So we did! But it wasn't that easy! Sim called the realtor on the for sale sign and talked to him and offered to buy two of the 9 pane windows. The realtor said that he didn't know what the workers were gonna do with them but he'd let us know. Well, we thought for sure we'd never hear from him. The very next day Sim was at work and he called!! The workers had taken the windows and some other materials up to the dumpster in town and they laid the windows on top for us so they wouldn't break and we could have them for free! Sim called me and said he had good and bad news!! The bad news was the windows were in that dumpster! and he was at work!!! Well, I grabbed my daughter Brooke jumped in the car and drove to Davison a thirty minute ride, praying all the while that they would still be there!! Brooke and  I looked at every dumpster up in town and we couldn't find them!! But she looked over by the railroad tracks and said Mom there's one more over there!! Guess what that's where they were!!! So I climbed up in to that dumpster and Brooke and I got both of the windows and a few pieces of wood trim!! I told Brooke I wanted to stop by the house one more time. She took these pics for me with my cell phone! I just keep thinking of that song. And this is the house that built me!! Thank you Grandma for the memories!!! XO Fran.

8 comments:

mysteryhistorymom said...

What an adventure! I'm so glad you were successful in the end, dear friend!:) So sweet...

I would LOVE to have you in my swap, you know!;) Please send your mailing address, blog name, and a list of goodies that you love (so your partner can get to know you better) when you get a minute... Big HUgs!:) Lori toosillysisters@cox.net

Amy said...

So glad you got the windows--and the story is great!

Creative Breathing said...

Dear Fran, Thank you so much for your Green Stuff recipe which is what my family calls pistachio salad! Christmas just would be with out it! Your post today is so very touching! How lucky to have a remembrance of such a special place. Thank so much for visiting my blog! Elizabeth

Jewels said...

You went Dumpster Diving (LOL) for a very good cause...great that you were able to retrieve something precious to you...Jewels

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Hi Frannie,

That's such a touching story. I'm so grateful you not only got the windows, but you HAD a place that brought so many fond memories. Consider yourself a very lucky woman! I don't think a lot of people can say that.

Jill

Jackie said...

Coming to visit your heart experiences is a grand adventure. You may have seen that I recently visited my childhood home, Once Upon a Fairyland. If you missed that post, it is on my side bar under My home-Once Upon a Fairyland.

I loved this true story...a real Nancy Drew Mystery..made for a book.

One time I had chickens and they were scratching in the dirt on the Fairyland land and they dug up a Barbie plate of mine and a old salt shaker...life is a gift for sure.

Off to a flea market today...I'm the seller, and the buyer!

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

I love this story Fran! To have spotted the windows and then to have been able to cart them home well was just meant to be. How special for you. Thanks for stopping by today, my house appears big, but because it's a victorian the rooms are all small and that's the same with my studio. I love it though, it's the first one I've ever had! I just went through a few of your posts that I have missed, todays fathers day post was so sweet, your little granddaughter is beautiful! Theresa

Yarni Gras! said...

that is such an amazing story!