The House That Dad Built
This is where I grew up. Imagine a row of eucalyptus trees (a wind break) going down the side of the property, and instead of tract houses, fields of alfalfa. We had an acre behind us, with some chickens, and then orange groves all around. I know I wrote about my pet hen, Nancy, well, this is where we did our roaming.
The house was built in 1951. My brother came in 1954. Even though I was a very young bride (17), this is the place I still call home. My roots are here and I feel close to my parents when I visit. My brother and his family still live here and it looks great! My mom and dad planted the huge Sycamore tree in the front yard that is showing off by thrusting it's roots through the driveway and sidewalk. My brother planted the liquid amber that is the only sign of autumn in Orange County. It hovered aroud 75 degrees this year at Christmas.
I don't miss the traffic, but I sure miss this house.