How 138 Was Built

I was in the backyard doing some yard work the other day.  My iPod was on full blast and the mower was on, so I was a bit startled when I turned around and found a man waiving at me to get my attention.  My first reaction was that I was glad my neighbors were home since I had never seen this man before, but as he approached me, he handed me the coolest surprise ever.

He introduced himself and told me that his father built our home and that he had grown up at 138 Ashley Road for most of his life.  His father passed away about 10 years ago and he had come across some old pictures of our home that his dad had taken.  He told me he had meant to come by several times over the years with these pictures but until today he didn’t actually take the time to do it.  I was so excited that he choose that day to bring the photographs over and that Ted & I were the recipients of this wonderful gift.  He explained that his dad took great pride in building this home from the ground up.  He told me that he had help building the home, but mainly it was his dad that built the entire thing.  It was so neat to hear stories about his father, building the home and how much he loved growing up in Interlachen Park.  I asked him if his dad would be proud of what the home looked like today and he said “absolutely!”  I was very happy to hear that.  I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with the photographs but I know this special gift needs to have a special place in our home.

As you can see the house hasn’t changed much since it was built.  It looks very similar to the home we live in today.  In fact, I’m pretty sure we have the same windows this man installed in the 50s!

We just filled the backyard “sink hole” as we were calling it with dirt when we put in the patio this summer.  We had an area in our backyard that was an enormous hole.  Grass had grown over it, but if you stepped on the grass we were certain your foot would land in China!  From the photographs, we know now that our speculation of trees once planted there was correct.

This is my favorite of all the photographs because of the awesome car in the corner of the photograph. So cool.

The pictures were even dated and in one case had an update on the progress of the home. I just think it makes the photographs even more special that it was dated by the original owners.

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