A place I once called home...

I honestly haven't lived a lot of places.  My parents have lived where they live today for 42 years and I grew up there. My dad was in the navy when I was born and I went home to my grandmother's house.  Then dad came and picked us up and we went back to NJ for a little more than a year. 

But the first house my parents owned together was a little 2 Bedroom 1 Bath where I lived for about 8 years. There was a vacant wooded lot next door that felt like "big woods" when I was a little girl, but it's cleared now and seems really small when I drive by. But I have a lot of memories made there.

My grand parents lived right up the street from there. My great grandmother (Nanny) lived just once house past my grandparents. I had cousins on my same street and more cousins right around the corner.  It was a time when kids played outside and all the kids in the neighborhood played together. I have really great memories of friends, neighbors, and relatives hanging out in the tiny living room. That's my neighbor Penney, my Cousin Terri and my dad playing Monopoly with me (don't you love my striped pants?). 

Winters were spent inside and the rest of the year we played outside. I was torn between the excitement of getting my own room and the missing my friends in the neighborhood when we moved from that house. When I read Paul's post I thought I was going to write about a historic house that had been divided into apartments that I lived in when I was 20. But in looking for photos I decided that his little house that was tiny and my parents first house they owned was the one. It's near and dear to my heart.

Yup, lots of happy memories were made it that little home. It's only about 10 miles from where I am right at this moment and I drive by from time to time. It was across the store from a store where I had my fist "job" I got paid 25 cents for picking up the trash from the parking lot and bagging purchases for the afternoon. I'm pretty sure I got a coke or an icee as well. 

The photos are of my first Christmas there.  A turkey I won at Thanksgiving by being the correct caller when I heard the gobble on the radio. Another Christmas with my dolly named Susan.  The photo of the folks on the sofa are my dad's parents and my mom's grandmother and my daddy. The big group of kids are... one of my birthday parties.  And the last one is with us playing a table top pool game that we spent a LOT of time playing.  The little kid is my brother and the big kid is my youngest uncle.  I apparently didn't want to ham it up for the camera that day.

Thanks for making me remember that house and those friends.

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Comment balloon 19 commentsTammy Lankford, • March 06 2017 07:57PM


Thanks for sharing your memories and the places you have lived.


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

Hi Tammy

What wonderful memories you have, and such terrific photos. I really enjoyed reading this and learning more about the personal side of your life - thank you for lettig us in your door! This has been a fun contest!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Tammy,  Isn't is amazing how we lived back in the day of the dinosaurs ... when an entire family lived in such a small home and did not think anything about it? I wish I had photos of the home I mostly grew up in. It was 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Parents in one room. Two brothers in one room. Four girls (2 sets of bunk beds) in another.  

Yes, I love your stripped pants.  I am pretty sure I had a pair just like them. I am also 100% certain that I would have been wearing a paisley top that did not match.  

Your photos warmed my heart today.  Thank you.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 3 years ago

Tammy  I loved going down memory lane with you - it makes me smile thinkng of all the good times you had with your family. And those pictures are priceless - love them - especially little Tammy with her baby doll!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 3 years ago

How nice to grow up with lots of cousins and neighbors.  I wonder if kids still go outside and play in the evenings like we used to do back then, or are the parents too scared to let them have such freedom?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 3 years ago

Home is where the heart is. Others are just memories

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

Your post really got me thinking. I spent a lot of time growing up in two houses...one is the house my dad still lives in and the other was my grandparent's home where my dad grew up. So I can relate to your memories. I also loved the days of playing outside. We did a lot of that. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing with us, Tammy Lankford, . It seems our childhoods were more enjoyable with a small home and a big world!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 3 years ago

Tammy - There will always be a special place in our hearts when it comes to the home we grew up in. Thanks for sharing your memories. I too remember when all the kids where I grew up would play together in the street. Those were the days.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 3 years ago

I loved reading about your childhood memories and seeing the photos.  They brought back fond memories of my childhood as well.

Posted by Beth Bromund, REALTOR (248) 651-3500 (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) over 3 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Home is where memories are made. 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Tammy. Your story is lovely and how nice to have these terrific pictures to trigger your memories.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Great memories from your childhood which I know you hold dear.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 3 years ago

Simple pleasures and great childhood memories are what make life great Tammy Lankford, I really appreciate you entering my March challenge with this quality post and memories!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 3 years ago

We have many similar memories of our first home Grandparents stopped by often and cousins came over to play. We stayed outside until lunchtime then played outside until dark. Kids nowdays miss all the fun we had of chasing lightning bugs and made up games. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago

It's funny...you mentioned "big woods". I remember a hill we used to slide down and a rock we used to climb that seemed HUGE at the time. When you go back and see how small they are it seems so strange.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 3 years ago


Looks like there are a lot of happy memories at your childhood home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Tammy, having a window into the history of some of our AR family is so sweet, gentle and feels quite safe, too. This harkens to a time in the 50s when things seemed so much simpler. You brought up fond memories that made me think back, too. These photos are so delightful and YES! I liked your striped pants! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 3 years ago

These posts have been great, lots of memories for all of us. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 3 years ago