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Grandma's House

Joined: 8/29/2013
Posts: 12
I am sad to say that of my family members, my grandparents are the two who I see and talk to the least right now. When I was younger I saw them all the time. In the spring, they would come up from Florida because of the warmer weather and stay up here at their own house until the middle of autumn when the weather began to turn cold again. Sorta like Mary Poppins, they stayed until the winds changed.

A few years back, they moved down to Florida permanently, after the trips back and forth became too much for them. They sold their house as well as my favorite childhood playground. I still remember every detail of that playground; from the little black ceramic cat that sat crouching on the tiled floor of the foyer to the communal backyard surrounded by a semi-circle of cream-colored houses with identical wooden porches. And while these details may seem insignificant and menial, they made up a magical world for me known as Grandma’s house.

I remember how my brother and I would throw the parachute army men from the overlook on the second floor and race down the shag carpeted stairs to try and catch them before they hit the floor in the living room. We never did. I remember when Grandma would make us sandwiches for picnics or other outings; she would always wrap them up in tinfoil (and they tasted better that way for some reason). I remember how Georg, Grandma’s second husband, would peel and cut apples for us to eat because we didn’t like the skin. My brother and I would always watch him, mesmerized as he peeled an apple by hand, using a small, sharp kitchen knife to create one long, curling strand of peel, and then core the apple and slice it up into equal shares.

Some nights when my brother and I stayed overnight, after dinner we would play games like Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur, Hearts, Dominoes and “Store”. Grandma kept a large, heavy, old mason jar in the back room closet that was full of pennies; I swear it must have weighed 20lbs at least. When we played store, Grandma would take the jar down from the top shelf and give my brother and I each a few handfuls of pennies. Then we would scurry around the house picking up anything we could grab and we would bring it back to Grandma or Georg. They would look over the item and then tell us how much it was if we wanted to buy it. Depending on the price and the number of pennies still clutched in our hands, we would decide if we wanted it, or could afford it, and usually saying yes, we would count out our pennies on the floor and hand them over for our “purchase”. In a way it was somewhat of a pointless exercise: we didn’t gain anything from our “purchases” since we used money that wasn’t ours to buy items that our grandparents owned. And nobody ever really won. I don’t remember how the game ever ended, most likely we either ran out of pennies or we decided to play something else. It was just one of those nonsensical things that, even years later, sitting at a computer in your college dorm room, still seems fun at Grandma’s house and always makes me want to go back.
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