Ghosts, Homes and Memories

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. Describe the ghosts that live in this house: Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic
For this blog I chose to let WordPress “inspire me.” Something about ghosts and houses and the memories they hold.

Personally, I love old houses. The nooks and crannies, hard wood floors and crown molding, a big fireplace and a little bit of dust from the old vents. But the disheveled brick house pictured above doesn’t really fit that description or look like it experienced very much love and appreciation. I imagine the ghosts that live here don’t want to be stuck in this cramped shell of a home. The story could go one of two ways: 1. the home held a poor family, full of struggle and hurt or 2. the home was once well cared for by a new couple that only needed a small space to nurture and call their own.

Instead of being sad, lets explore the latter. The ghosts of this sweet place are happy, reliving moments of happiness and excitement. Scenes of laughter are caught in the peeling wallpaper and the creaking floors squeak from memories of dancing feet. Once their family grew too large for the quaint homestead, they relocated to something more fitting, but always returned to reminisce throughout the years. Now they have returned to stay. This place is where it all started: first Christmas, the first burnt dinners and first arguments. Where the couple learned to live with one another’s faults and annoyances, as well as learned each other’s secrets and dreams.

The image is titled, “love don’t live here anymore…” but I think otherwise. The love is just hidden in memories only the ghosts can see. A lot of times I think we forget the impact a place can have on our lives. Our homes, favorite places, family vacation places all hold memories that only we can experience. We tend to complain that it’s dirty or smells funky or that the floors creak. But each location has a past, memories etched in the walls and footprints on the floor. What is significant is remembering the value of how these places got that way.

So don’t dread the ghosts or the amount of work that needs to be done to these various places to fully enjoy them, but love the moments that are happing now. Reminisce with old memories and seek to continue creating new ones.

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