Tri Cities and Beyond: Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays.  This is the time of year where families get together and share memories as well as create new ones.  Home can mean many things to many different people, I’m in writing this with the angle of hometown. Everyone has one place in their hearts that they consider their hometown, where they were raised, and to take it a step further, the actual home they were raised in. I was thinking about this recently on my trip home for Thanksgiving.  My hometown is Ann Arbor Michigan and my “home” was 1715 Chandler Street.  Home for the holidays, what a special meaning it has. 

Home town streetWhile in town, we did a trip down memory lane, drove all over the streets of Ann Arbor.  Visited the high school, elementary school, downtown area, old neighborhoods.  As we passed these many houses we talked about names of families that once graced those doors.  Best friends, basements we played in, trees we climbed, baseball fields, pools, parents and holiday stories.  The memories flooded back.  I realized these neighborhoods had changed, completely different feel to them.  The Ryan’s no longer lived there, Leach family was gone, no Pollards, no Campbells no Wilds, no Van Schoten’s.  Instead, new families, new memories, a whole new generation of memories have been put in place. So with this said, we hold on to our memories, come home for the holidays, reminisce and smile.  Possibly make some phone calls and meet up downtown at an old hang out that now has a new name and a different feel.  That’s okay, you still see the exposed brick where a certain photo or mural was hanging.  Remember the high-top table that donned the far wall.  The memories are still there, just need to be dusted off.Home sweet home

So back to the old neighborhood, that house you grew up in was built in the ’40s.  So you grew up in the ’60s and ’70s.  That was considered your home.  But what about the family that grew up in that house in the ’40s and ’50s?  Is it possible there is a person out there just like me that considers that home their home?  What about the late ’90s, 2000- 2010 and beyond? We sold that home in the early ’90s.  Are there people younger than me that consider that home their home?  Wow, is that even possible?  Of course, it is.  I wonder if those younger people know that my dad and brothers built that addition on to the house. Or that I use to crawl out the 2nd-floor window to tan on the roof?  The tree in the front yard was planted by my father.  I always thought of it as the “little tree” It is no longer little, it towers over the home. If only the memories of the home could move forward, what a delight that would be.

Home for the holidays is just a piece down memory lane.  I hope you all have wonderful warm memories from wherever home is for you. Enjoy your families, friends and Happy Holidays from RE/MAX Checkmate: SELLabrate Team  423-677-6677 TriCitieshomes.INFO

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Comment balloon 15 commentsCindy Edwards • December 02 2019 11:42AM


Hi Cindy... loved reading this post. Brought back many memories for me of Christmas past. My hometown is New York City... but it's been 40+ years since I was any where near the homes I grew up in.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing your memories with us....hope you have a blessed holiday!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing some of your special memories.

Enjoy the holiday season.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Good morning Cindy Edwards - this is a wonderful post and it brought back my memories.  I grew up in Feasterville, Pennsylvania but left in 1971.  We were back in the area for Thankgiving.  For me it is only about 110 miles.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

Cindy- I love your post!  Several years ago we were in Clinton IA and were standing in front of the house Larry lived in until he was 11. The current owner came out and after we explained who we were, she invited us in. She was curious about what the house looked like back in the late 40s and showed us what had been added. Her husband came home and wondered who these strangers were in his basement. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 year ago

Hi Cindy,  Thank you  for sharing your walk down memory lane. There is something special about going back home.  

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 1 year ago

                                        what i learned

                                                  Thank you, Cindy.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 year ago

Hello Cindy - my parents purchased our family home as new construction in 1959.  My Mom still lives there and so while I am able to still visit, the neighborhood has certainly changed.  We still identify different houses with the families that once lived there.  Those memories are important and it reminds me to drive by the home my Grandparents built in the 1930s where my Mom and Aunt grew up.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 1 year ago

I really enjoyed this Cindy.

My childhood home will always be close to my heart. I have facebook friends that lived in the neighborhood with is fun to think of us back in the day as children. My daughter recently was in the area and drove by and took a pic of the house (she remembers as her Nana and Grampa's home) and sent it to me and my mom. It made us both very happy.

My children's childhood home is still close to my heart first house, we lived there for 26 years, our three children were raised there. I've been back a couple of times when it was for sale and there was an open house. Both times brought tears to my eyes walking through the rooms with all the memories flooding back.

Any chance I have to get inside any of my previous homes I will jump at.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 1 year ago

We moved around a bit, but our home in Juneau, Alaska is the one I identify with the most. And, I do drive by it at times when I visit. It's an odd feeling to see the familiar look so different. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 1 year ago

What a beautiful post. Just reading it conjures up so many memories, and every time I go to St. Petersburg, FL, I pass the house my dad built - and I've even been known to knock on the door and talk to the current owners. Thanks for sharing your memories.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) about 1 year ago

I enjoyed your post! Unfortunately for me, I hate going back to the town I grew up in! I do not consider it home. I have far more bad memories than good ones! I go there because I have to for business, but I get out as soon as possible!

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 1 year ago

Great post! I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 1 year ago

Thank you everyone for stopping by.  I'm so glad I touched some hearts.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 1 year ago

I’m used to being pelted with a little snow for the holidays, but I can get used to that kind too. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 1 year ago