Our First House

Sam Bralley By Sam Bralley, 14th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1eay2ru6/
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Remembrance of my childhood keep flashing before my eyes…

Our first house had only four rooms and an outhouse

Our first house had only four rooms and an outhouse, oh yes and a crawl space under the house set on a corner lot with an acre of property. I was later told that we moved from the Virginia side of town, to the Tennessee side when I was 18 months old, but I don’t remember much about that; I’ll just have to take their word for it. There was a large front porch across the front of the house and the front door led into the living room, but we weren’t allowed in there… it was reserved for company. To the side of the living room was mom & dad’s bedroom, then a little hallway into the kitchen and beside the kitchen was the kids room- Peggy, Jimmy, Jackie and Sammy (that’s me). In the little hallway between our parent’s bedroom and the kitchen was a door that led downstairs where the furnace was. We burned coal in the winter. We had a wood stove for cooking in the kitchen and an icebox to keep the milk and eggs in. I used to watch for the iceman on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Everybody in the neighborhood bought ice from the iceman and he drove a yellow truck and the ice was in blocks under a big canvas. I would go out and watch him chip the ice to the right size with an ice pick and sometime he would give me a piece of ice. It was sooo cold. Then he would take the block of ice into the houses using a pair of tongs and then place it into the icebox to keep things from spoiling.

Peggy was getting old enough to have her own room...

Mom told dad we needed one of those new refrigerators but we needed to add some room onto the back of the house first. Peggy was getting old enough to have her own room, what ever that meant. Dad talked to Bruce Martin of Modern Builders who was to build two more rooms on the back of the house over a garage for our 1949 Pontiac and dad told them we would dig out the basement to help. Walter Everett (another friend of dad’s) worked at Thrift Supply down town and was going to give mom & dad a good discount on a new Westinghouse stove and refrigerator for the new kitchen. While they were remodeling the house mom wanted to do away with the outside toilet and put one in the house… in that little hallway- they added a floor and put in an enamel tub, now that was fancy, we all took a bath in an old wash tub and now we were to have an enamel bath tub… exciting.

I helped those men everyday

The men started with a foundation, then cinder blocks up to floor level. I helped those men everyday. They put up framing for the side walls all the while connecting everything to the back of our original four rooms. I remember the day they broke through the wall into ‘our’ room, soon to be - just for boys. There they put a doorway leading into the new kitchen with cabinets all around on three of the walls. Mom said she needed that much room and nobody argued with mom. Each day she gave the men cold water to drink if they got thirsty, we all wanted to help in some way.

we didn’t have to run out back to go to the bathroom.

By the middle of summer the remodeling was finished and we put a new roof on which made the house look like it had always been that way. We moved Peggy into ‘her’ room, which is where the old kitchen had been and we three boys had our own room, right next to our new kitchen. Much had been accomplished that spring. Peggy had her own room, we all had a brand new kitchen with modern appliances, our car had a new garage and driveway and best of all… we didn’t have to run out back to go to the bathroom.

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1949 Pontiac, Bedroom, Block Of Ice, Cabinets, Driveway, Enamel Bath Tub, Foundation, House, Icebox, Property, Refrigerator, Westinghouse

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author avatar Sam Bralley
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I'm Sam, and welcome to my page. I'm retired from the USPS and I like to meet people through writing. Hope you enjoy yourselves and please rate my offerings.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jul 2010 (#)

ha ha, this totally puts a smile on my face, much needed!

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author avatar Sam Bralley
16th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks Rebecca... wait til tomorrow - I guess it's to late today, I just published 'A Memorable Easter' and you can see my sister and brothers... oh yea, and me.

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
16th Jul 2010 (#)

Sam, Of course I know we didn't but is seems we grew up together. I a sense we did. Lizzy and me now live in an old four room mill house which used to be heated with coal. She and I just got married this past December. She is from Sodus Bay, New York and I am from lower South Carolina. We are both enjoying your reflections. She and I are both 66. I hope you don't mind, but you have become a character in the latest book we are working on titled "Tuesdays Group". Summer time means lots of time with the grandkids while they are out of school so we have had little time to focus on that area of our writing. You and the others have been a real joy and inspiration to me. It may sound crazy, but through the comments on what I write, I now think I understand why Elvis needed to go back to live performances after ten or so years making movies. You have a great day Sammy. :)

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author avatar Sam Bralley
16th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks C Michael for your kindness, I see your my jr by about a year (5.3.43 here) Much success to you & Lizzy on your writing...

ps If I'm included does that mean I get a copy?
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author avatar snooky
16th Jul 2010 (#)

umm umm umm do I remember wash tubs & pot bellied stoves and irons heated on open flames & hang cranked wringers wow! we are aging ourselves.
I enjoyed reading this.

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author avatar drelayaraja
16th Jul 2010 (#)

Wonderful share friend.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
16th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks snooky & drelayaraja for your remarks and yes snooky I remember all those things...

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author avatar Godwill
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Reminds me of my childhood days. nice article.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
21st Jul 2010 (#)

thanks Godwill, for your visit & comments...

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