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Subject: Writing exercise- What is your favorite room or part of a house/home?
Date Posted: 1/13/2014 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2006
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Just a writing exercise- help me out as I am thinking-

Fun question- What is the favorite room or nook or cranny of your house- any part- and could be your home growing up as a child or your grandparents home? And why was it your favorite- what emotions were evoked there? Will be fun to see ans...wers- ponder for a moment and answer. Could be living room, dining room, bedroom, attic, front porch, back porch, bathroom, pantry, roof, front door, window, cellar, family room, den, study, parlor,  library, garage, patio, dog house, mudroom, mailbox???
Subject: The Downstairs Bedroom - Maine
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 10:46 AM ET
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One Hundred and fifty years ago, a lovely white house was laboriously moved through the main street of Bryant Pond, Maine.  Following it, like imprinted ducklings, came a barn and chicken house.  It was lovingly set up on a three acre plot bordered by a stream and two dirt roads.  The former Dudley Cottage was the home of Governor Perham.  Years passed and the roads stiffened to concrete as sidewalks were snaked along what became route 26, now a favorite passage of logs going east and chipped wood going west.  Blessed with an outhouse, a Franklin stove and a potbelly stove - the cottage was alive with activity in the summer, and hibernated under a thick coat of snow and ice come winter.   Decades of descendants visited at irregular intervals, setting on the porch, cooking hot dogs among the hung bathing suits, and whacking the wiffle ball or pitching the occasional horse shoe.  My earliest memories include a clot of aunts, uncles and grandparents playing spirited games of scrabble and drinking beer.  The aroma from the June cookouts, which gave way to the mosquitoes and a gathering around the wood stove still lingers.  I still visit the cottage fifty years later, the downstairs bedroom has become a subject of grave controversy in the family.  One sister has even claimed a deathbed statement, willing the room to her for all eternity.  I claim it and chase away all intruders on my entitled weeks, then lay cozily in the handmade quilts and savor the rumbling of trucks that shake the old house to it roots.

Date Posted: 1/15/2014 1:08 AM ET
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Great imagery and memories at this historic family cottage!  Thanks for sharing the beautiful nooks and crannys and favorite aspects of this charming place!