You can't go home again (2)

Eugene, Oregon
April 19, 2018 6:46pm CST
I know I used this title once before, hence the (2). Maybe one more time. Why? Because of that not so sentimental journey back to San Antonio. I wanted to find the houses (four in seven years, four schools too) I lived in back then; there were four but two are gone. This house was built about 1954, a simple ranch style, 3 BR, 1 bath. That one bath thing was common back then, but we were six people, so there were problems (long story on the family). Imagine my surprise, when I saw the place and it was twice its size. Just imagine that top part gone and that is the way it used to be. Oh, and that circle driveway reminds me of an old Don Williams song. Like the title says, you can't, but then I wouldn't want to anyway.
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@TRBRocks420 (77404)
• Banks, Oregon
19 Apr
It's never quite the same.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Apr
And I had the wrong photo.
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@PatZAnthony (12616)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
20 Apr
Most we know would not want to go "home" again. There are good reasons people leave in the first place.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Apr
For certain. My life would have been so entirely different if we had not moved to California when we did.
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• Laguna Woods, California
21 Apr
@PatZAnthony - You make a good point. There are good reasons why people leave home in the first place.
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@moffittjc (42976)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Apr
I've gone back to my home town a few times over the years to drive around and look at all the places I used to live in. Thankfully, all the houses are still standing. It's always fun to go back and see old neighborhoods. It sure brings back memories.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Apr
Great that you have that Jeff.
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@moffittjc (42976)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Apr
@JamesHxstatic Some of those houses I lived in as a kid seemed so huge to me at the time, but when I go back and look at them now, I am shocked at how small those houses actually are. Funny how things can seem so different from the eyes of child compared to the eyes of an adult.
• Laguna Woods, California
21 Apr
@moffittjc - Yes, going back does bring back memories. When we visited my husband's childhood Florida home on Casey Key, the first thing he did was look for a loose floorboard where he used to hide things! The house belonged to his uncle for a decade or so after my husband and I were married, so we were able to go inside and enjoy being there.
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@Corbin5 (106051)
• United States
19 Apr
We had the three bedrooms, 1 bathroom setup too, but we were only 5, not 6. I bet your old house really did make for quite a surprise. I live in the same area in which I grew up, and our family home is just a mile away. I sold it for my dad, and it is still the same shape and size, but indoors and outdoors were redone beautifully.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Apr
It must be nice to be nearby; I have wondered how different my life would be, but am quite happy with the outcome.
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@Shiva49 (12972)
• Singapore
21 Apr
I have moved from one country to another after I started working. I still visit my home of fifty years in India often and stay for extended periods there too. Memories return of hopes and anxieties of growing up - siva
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@JESSY3236 (6471)
• United States
20 Apr
The house I grew up in had one bath too. Kinda two though. One bathroom my grandmother and grandfather made into a laundry room. Ours had three bedrooms too. One bedroom was actually a hallway until my uncle moved in with me and my grandmother. Yes having one bathroom does have problems, but I do miss the house I grew up in. Ours was built in 1940. Our house is still around. My other uncle sold it to a guy he knows.
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@peavey (16587)
• United States
20 Apr
The house where I grew up burned to the ground. We went once to look at where it had been and I kind of wish we hadn't. It's still the same in my memories, as yours is in your memories. That's where "home" always is.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Apr
Not for me, we moved so many times, I never got attached. Sorry about that fire.
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@peavey (16587)
• United States
24 Apr
@JamesHxstatic I lived in a lot of places until that house and I grew up there, from about the second grade until I married at 22. It was home and it always will be.
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@RasmaSandra (17495)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 Apr
I like the look of that house. I do believe it depends on the situation but I too discovered I cannot go home again. My parents and I always lived in apartments believe it or not in two different apartment houses but on the same block. Before I came to Latvia my whole life was spent on one block in one neighborhood so for me that is home. Now that I am getting ready to return to the U.S. I looked up both my old apartment houses. If I wanted to return to my old place in NYC my rent would be about $!,600 a month for like a one bedroom and then I sure would have to make sure I had a job to cover that. Since I do not know what will happen yet when I return but have an offer of an apartment from my best friend since 7th grade I will have to take her offer and head for Florida. At this moment I really cannot go back home again otherwise I certainly would since I have lots of wonderful memories there.
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@andriaperry (50600)
• United States
20 Apr
No I would not. That is a very nice house.
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Apr
Your old house looks very flash now. Isn't it odd how we are now mostly used to having 2 bathrooms or at least 2 toilets. I often wonder how large families managed with one.
@DeborahDiane (21568)
• Laguna Woods, California
21 Apr
@JamesHxstatic - It is always strange to go back to where you once lived. The same was true for me when we visited St. Louis and when my husband and I visited one of our first homes. It seemed very comfortable when we bought it; it looks so tiny now!
• China
21 Apr
The houses surely made you feel quite nostalgic,though the place has been twice its original size.
@sharon6345 (125424)
• United States
20 Apr
it was 6 of us in 4 bedrooms growing up. I don't miss it at all.