My Grandparents’ House – An Invitation

Swidt Home Place
My Maternal Grandparents’ House

I stumbled upon this photo taken in 1957 of my maternal grandparents’ house. The house was set back off the road with a long driveway leading up to the house. The flowers lining the drive were all planted by my grandmother who had an amazing green thumb. She made it look effortless. There were always straight-backed chairs on the side of the house beside the chimney where people gathered to talk or to string beans or shuck corn. There was an old cast iron hand pump for the well right outside the side door. The front porch was never used except by the grandkids as a place to play.

It is inspiring me to write a story – maybe memoir like or maybe fiction. I thought it might inspire you, too. If you find inspiration, feel free to use the photo, but please link back to this post if you do.


16 thoughts on “My Grandparents’ House – An Invitation”

  1. A very American house, Maggie. You would be unlikely to see anything similar in England.
    I am sure you will be able to think up a nice story. I thought of something, but it would have to be a serial in many parts. Maybe one day, I have saved the photo just in case.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. A beautiful photo that is evocative of times gone by. I remember visiting a great aunt who lived in a similar looking house, doing the same things as your grandparents.

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  3. Even though both sets of my grandparents lived in apartments, I still have VERY special memories of times shared and fun had where they lived. There were playgrounds with views of the New York skyline, a beautiful lake with ducks to feed, walks to the butcher and market thru a little neighborhood in the bronx, etc. Grandparent visits were the best! I always love your childhood photos and memories. Having that idyllic setting and close family ties is just heartwarming.

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