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Grandpa Bob's Boyhood Home - Livin' the Good Life

Sep. 14th, 2013

09:17 am - Grandpa Bob's Boyhood Home

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Reanna and I went to Glendale to visit Christina and to play with the baby. Julian cried at first when he saw me, and I thought, "This will never do. I HAVE to see this baby more often so he'll know who I am!" It didn't take long for him to warm up, and we had a wonderful time "playing" for the rest of the day. (I think Ely needs to get Skype so Julian can see his desert family on a regular basis.)
He's developing his little personality that is good-natured and charming. He has a Cupie-doll kind of a mouth that smiles easily. Just turned 4 months, and he is starting to reach out and grab things with both hands, often knocking them over instead. He's a strong and substantial baby. I have the feeling he's going to have quite the fan club in life! I didn't take pictures, but Reanna took a few. I hope to get some up here soon.
We DID, however, get picture of my dad's boyhood street and home. I knew it would please Dad to bring that picture home and show him. He lived only a few blocks from where Ely and Christina live now, which is delightful for him to think about.
Here is the view approaching his old home on the left:
ard eevin

Here is his home on a street called Ard Eevin. (He didn't know the origin of that name.) He pointed out his bedroom (upstairs, hidden by the tree on the right). He said there were 4 bedrooms upstairs, which made it a fairly upscale, "fancy" house for those days. (He thought the house was built in the 1920s.) The first thing he said was, "Oh, the house was white when we lived in it." And the next thing he said was, "They aren't keeping up their lawn. We had a beautiful lawn that we were proud of." I could tell he was sad to see that. He said he lived there from about 11 years old through high school. That would be more than 70 years ago. He has fond and sentimental memories of the house and neighborhood as his favorite of all his boyhood places to live.
ard eevin house 2


Date:September 14th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Your Dad lived in a really nice place for those times. My Dad's house was a shack that has long since been torn down. My Mom's a little tiny farm house in Bakersfield where 2 families lived together in 2 bedrooms! Too bad you couldn't go inside there and take pictures for him.

Amazing that all these years later it's in the same neighborhood as Christina and Ely!

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Date:September 15th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
Yes, and I would say that this house may be the most modest house in the neighborhood! It's fun to walk through along the streets a gawk at the lovely, lovely homes. I would have LOVED to go inside. My dad pointed to the picture and gave me an idea of the blueprint of the inside, but I would have loved to have seen it with my own eyes.
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