i have cherished everything about my aunt necie’s house for all of my life. it was just a solid, constant rock for me, always one of my favorite comfort places. in fact, i cried when she redecorated the living room, lol (it’s that bad).
my grandmother had 10 kids, and my mother was the second to last kid… she died when my mother was only 17 years old. i honestly think more of my aunt necie as my grandmother, than i do my aunt. she was so wonderful over the years, and i think that’s why her house is so special to me.
aunt necie and uncle joe have always lived 10/15 minutes away from us my entire life, so we spent enormous amounts of time there. friday night pizza TGIF sessions, hanging out with aunt carol/aunt judy, playing my cousin michael’s NES for hours, every christmas eve was there, birthday parties, family parties, we practically lived there during the summers she had her pool, sick days from school, etc. – like, my entire life… lol.
anyways, we haven’t gone there for christmas eve in a few years because my aunt has become sick over the years :( it’s harder for her to host it now. this year we went, though (and i took the picture floating to the right over there, of her kitchen chairs)!
getting to the point here, all of my first everything’s probably happened in that house. when i first started walking, i was flying around this house… when i first started talking, i went on and on and on… i used to go through all of the cabinets and organize pots and pans and tupperware… i took baths in that kitchen’s sink. all of my first memories are in that house, and i also mean my first memories were formed there. shapes, colours, pieces of furniture, smells, textures, etc. i can close my eyes and know how that basement smells, or how the cushions from the old couch feel, or how the living room cabinet where all of our toys/crayons were stored smells… that’s kind of how those chairs make me feel.
i don’t know why, but i started googling last night to try to figure out who makes them, and apparently it’s this company called “the hitchcock chair co.” (founded in 1818, in CT) and this is the “inn side chair” model. the company had closed its doors, but then another guy bought all of the rights and has kept it going since two years ago. that’s nice to hear
it’s kind of cool knowing who created them. my aunt has had those for decades, i just wonder how many exactly. i don’t know when she even moved into that house, but i know they’ve been there at least through the 70’s.
i love that. i hope all that stuff never gets trashed, and i hope to god my uncle/cousins never sell that house to anyone but in the family. i would take that house in a heartbeat<3