April 16, 2010

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I've heard this song quite a few times now (especially with my husband being a tad bit in love with Miranda Lambert) but today, it really tugged at my heart. I was on the way on post about to go through the gates when the tears started... I just knew the guards were going to make me pull over or something.

I'm sure this song would strike a cord with anyone, but for me it brings back such vivid memories of the two homes I grew up in, but mostly the first one.

We grew up in a little town in Massachusetts. The summer before 3rd grade, my parents and I moved into the house I'd spend the next 5 years of my life. We lived in a duplex - us in one side and my aunt, uncle and cousins lived in the other. I have some of the best memories of my life living in that place.

Being able to just walk next door to see some of my favorite relatives to eat with them, watch tv, or probably just bother them at that age. I can still here my Uncle Ronnie's voice now, yelling at me to put my socks on! Having some of my best friends over to play. Swimming in the pool almost every day during the summer. My brother Charlie being born there. Me moving my room up into the attic because I was SO old enough to have my own space. My cousin Ronnie getting me in trouble for riding my bike around the corner of a busy street (I was supposed to walk it). But him also buying me a hampster when my mom said no and sneaking it in to me in a happy meal box. And then said hampster "disappearing" and no one ever did find it. Sledding down Bolton Street. My dad calling me home by whistling for me when I stayed out past the street lights coming on. My BEST FRIEND living 3 houses away. The HUGE clam bakes we'd have every 4th of July.

The cab pulling up to the front door when it was time to bring us to the airport for the move to SC. I was curled up by the couch on my aunts side of the house and they practically had to carry me out of there.

There are so many more memories I have of that place, but I would be here all day. And you would get bored.

What would I give to be able to walk into that house again and relive every single one of those moments. Unfortunately, I'm miles and miles away and no one in our family lives there anymore. Most of us do move away from our childhood home, I'm just glad to be able to have such vivid memories that I'll be able to carry with me.

You HAVE to listen to this, especially if you haven't heard it before. I promise you'll be able to relate and it will touch your heart!

8 comments:

A Marine's Wife! said...

great song :) where in Massachusetts did you live? I'm from Billerica!

ann_yetton said...

The hampster really did just disappear! There are probably a million of them in the basement by now!

Karren said...

The first time I heard that song I cried too! It brought back tons of memories of the small house I grew up in

Kate said...

OMG. First, Miranda Lambert is Ah-Mazing! The house that built me is such a great song!

My mother still lives in the house that her and my dad moved into when I was 2 years old.... So many memories are directly tied to the house each of us grew up in....

JG said...

With us it wasn't a hamster, it was fish. One morning we woke up and the fish bowl was empty. She told us they died. I still wonder.....

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love that song! It's so great!

Aimee said...

I heard it for the first time a few weeks ago when I was visiting my hometown. My dad sold the house we grew up in a year after my hubby and I got married and I still don't think I've gotten over it. I always drive past it to make sure the people are taking good care of it and to wave to old neighbors. This song definitely makes me cry!

L.C. said...

I love this song! And while our first station base is only an hour from my home town I still miss the house I grew up in my whole life. What I wouldn't give to go back there (we sold it after my high school graduation)