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Bless This House

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on Sunday, 03 March 2013 in Uncategorized

It has been a while since I have posted anything on this blog. Last time I wrote, I was in Maine; and now I am back in Cambridge, but frequently I have to take my dog and cat and clear out because the house is being shown. So far, I would guess that maybe 30-35 people have tromped through my house, and though I am not there when they do, I picture them saying, "Oh god, isn't that paint color hideous?" or "Well, of course we'd have to replace the horrible window shades"

In the meantime, as they do that, I am busy choosing paint colors for a new house, and measuring furniture to determine what I can take with me to a smaller place.  And I have been giving, and throwing, things away.

I will miss this house.  There have been wonderful gatherings here. I could put little plaques around the house saying things like: Katherine Paterson slept in this bedroom and Art Spiegleman stood in this garage, smokng, when I wouldn't let him do it in the house and Phyllis Reynold Naylor sat here with a yellow legal pad, working on a book and Ashley Bryan recited poetry at this dinner table...and countless others.  Those are all memories, though, and I will take them with me.  I will donate my crock pot to Goodwill but you don't leave memories behind.

I remember leaving from here for the airport probably hundreds of times, for trips of all sorts. I remember returning, always glad to be home even after the most wonderful of adventures. I remember my youngest grandson, 3 at the time, asking to see the attic; and when I took him there, he looked around and quoted "Finding Nemo"..."It's wicked dark in here!"  I  remember planting the weeping cherry tree, now huge, in the front yard. How many boring Oscars parties I have had here....and some exciting SuperBowl gatherings.

I remember how quiet the house was on the rainy spring morning almost two years ago, when Martin died.

I just hope whoever buys this house will love it as I have, and will create many years of memories here.


Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out . . .

Bless the roof and chimneys tall,
Let thy peace lie overall . . .



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Dawn Graham
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Dawn Graham Tuesday, 05 March 2013

You make me want to cry when I read this. And it makes me want to go purchase it and then give it to you and say, "Please, keep it and love it, and maybe, on occasion, allow me to come and make a new memory with you, as we share a joke, sip coffee by the window, or be still and reflect...together."

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Trina Hayes Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Thank you so much for these evocative memories. I can see Katherine Paterson and the others as you present them. Let thy peace lie overall.

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J.F. Smith Wednesday, 20 March 2013

We're in the middle of buying a house right now. I know what you mean - leaving a loved house is certainly nostalgia-inducing.

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