My sister and I recently had some business to do in our hometown.
Lots of memories here and lots of changes.
Our three block area
was largely inhabited by our family.
This is our train station..we walked under that bridge
each morning on our way to the school bus stop.
We grew up
to the sound of the Paoli Local clacking down the tracks.
Where that white car is parked, there was a Drugstore (Camps),
where we used to stop after school to grab something to eat.
They had great sandwiches, milkshakes, tasty cakes
and fountain sodas.
It is no longer a drug store.
In front on that car on the next corner was JE Caldwells.
My parents moved to an apartment (Condo) behind it
after I went away to school.
We used to tell them to throw their dirty diamonds out back.
This was the house we grew up in.
The fence used to be a white picket fence.
We used to make mud pies and line them up on the white fence.
Same house..I'm not wild about that gate that has been added.
There was a huge (15 foot) Blue Spruce to the left of that gate that I used to sit under and sneeze and sneeze and sneeze.
I had "hay fever" when I was a kid but looking back,
I may have been allergic to that Pine tree as well.
Our cousins lived around the corner in this house.
They were boys and a few years younger.
They went to a prep school not far from us.
When they walked to school,
we wouldn't let them walk on our sidewalk.
There were two of us and two other sisters two doors from us.
We were terrors....once earning me a black eye.
This house was on the corner across the street and belonged
to my grandparents.
We would to go there for lunch on Saturdays.
The house had an elevator that was fun to play in.
My grandmothers sister lived next door to them.
I remember their shiny black car with a continental kit on the back
that was often parked in their driveway.
It was fun to reminisce.
The streets seem much smaller
and the distances that we used to walk, much shorter.
It's nice to see that the old neighborhood is pretty much the same except for the end of our street
which has modern apartments and condominiums.