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Monday, July 20, 2009

Bright colors and unexplored rooms...a great recipe for a child growing up.

The house I grew up in was nothing like this but I always wondered what it would be like to be able to live in a house like this as a child. Long hallways with rooms off to each side upstairs....some being used and some with mysteries on the other side of the door. Perhaps a room with old furniture used by the past owners...now covered with dusty bedsheets. Just a peek underneath would fuel thoughts of past playmates running and jumping on the oversized couch with tufted pleats and velvet like coverings.

Perhaps a room with a dark stairway on the back wall leading to a closed door...a door that hadn't been opened for years. A door leading to the attic. The room that dad might have told me never to go into. I would have been so curious to find out what was in that attic. Old trunks full of photographs and a yellow brown stained linen shirt with a stiff white collar and ebony cuff links with a white silhouette of a woman on them. An old rocking horse with a broken runner never to be repaired...why not repaired? Stacks of LIFE magazines with pictures of real Indians...One named Sitting Bull..it says he died this week...but that week was decades ago. This could have been a secret room to retreat to...a room that fuels the imaginations of children...probably attics like this have excited authors down through he centuries and were the basis of novels like "The Indian in the Cupboard".

I would love to return to childhood for just one chance to live in a house like this and dream.

16 comments:

Ree said...

These colors are amazing! And I think I want to move in...

tricia said...

I can see how a house like that would fire your imagination. Beautiful-- as usual.

Cynthia L. H. said...

Oh! Nice thoughts, Dan! I was right there...experiencing all of it!
;^)

Heather said...

Your description made me think of the Winchester Mystery House in California. I've never been, but have always enjoyed reading about the construction process and all of the legends behind crazy Mrs. Winchester.

Beautiful picture. It looks like a truly interesting house.

...... Bobbi said...

Oh, I love the colors on this one! You have sent my muse into overdrive - thanks!

Dan Felstead said...

Ree.
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I would like to live in a house such as this also!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Tricia...a house like this always makes me wonder what has gone on inside the walls...so much history in these houses.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Cynthia...I spent some time in Oklahoma City in my past life and there are a lot of interesting homes like this there also.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...I am on my way to Google the Winchester house...sound interesting.

Tomorrow to Yellowstone...right? Have fun!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Bobbi...don't blow a gasket...I don't want to be responsible for that!

Dan

...... Bobbi said...

Hahaha! It did give me an idea for another installment in the life of JADE: http://mymuseandme.blogspot.com/2009/07/jade-and-boarding-hous.html

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...and anyone else looking for some interesting facts...
http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/facts.html

I went to the site and it is amazing! I saw the stairs leading to the ceiling???? What is that about!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Bobbi...I read your installment and very interesting. It amazes me that you can write something so quickly!

Dan

septembermom said...

Walking past that house, my imagination would be sparked just like I was a kid again. The colors are really cool!

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...
I had those same feelings when I saw the house.

Dan

Heather said...

Isn't that the craziest thing? Apparently she wanted to confuse any ghosts, or spirits... or something?! It seems like a neat place to visit.