My first home was in Amityville, NY, a small town on the south shore of Long Island. My parents, native Brooklyn-ites and newly married with a baby on the way, wanted a life in the suburbs, near the sea.
The front of the little house was spruce green. It had a tidy kitchen, dining room and living and two bedrooms upstairs. My dad converted the garage into a playroom, since my parents couldn’t stop the babies from coming. Within six years, my three sisters and I shared the attic bedroom, my brother had the tiny “baby room”, and the entire clan shared one small bathroom that barely held a tub and a pedestal sink (pink).
I remember the backyard best, because it was where we kids ran through and around and played exhausting games. The backyard had a small garden and a patch of strawberries. Hedges marked the side boundaries. A little white picket fence bordered the canal. Dad always had a boat in the canal in the summer and on stilts in the side yard for the winter. It was a cozy cottage—my first home, filled to the rafters with happy memories.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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