Photo Essay

The House where I was born

Shadows in my room..

When I went back to the Philippines and set foot in this house, I truly felt that this is where my heart belongs.... the house where I was born. Every room, every door, windows, stairs, fixtures, furnitures, were a very big part of me, my childhood, the happy carefree days of endless play, and trouble. This house was built in 1928 by my grandfather and my grandmother. It has 3 berooms, big formal living room, big formal dining room, 12' celings, 1 full bath, kitchen, and family dining room. My grandparents had 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls, my dad was the youngest. My grandsparents passed away in their early 40's leaving their children behind to be raised by my grandmother's sister, who never had children of her own, whom I truly adored and loved. When the sisters got married some of them moved away to live in their own houses, some stayed till they built a house of their own. So at one time this house was full of siblings, cousins, endless laughter and squabbles, the memories that brings smile and tears to my eyes for I miss them dearly. I miss the days of being with them sharing stories, eating together, playing running around the house, scaring each other at night. I saw all of them together when I went back, mainly because when there is a death in the family people travel from all places to pay their respect, and remember.

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17 responses

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    thanks for the trip down your memory lane Mayette. very touching story. Voting Yeah.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    A beautiful home and wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    How blessed you are to have such wonderful memories. You have captured the precious nooks and crannies beautifully. Great photos and great storie. Voting yeah

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    Incredible story!! Very well done and photographed!! Pictures capture and share the memories, but the images in our minds give it the true feeling! Feelings that can't be truly shared!! Absolutely my vote!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    oh my... i have tears in my eyes... such a wonderful story to share. just looking at the accompying thumbnails, i am so hoping to see this published... and looking forward to looking at each individual photo... i'm voting!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    What a great story. And the house is georgeous. My vote. It's hot.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    Absolutely gets my vote! What a beautiful insight into your family home. Thank you for allowing us to share.

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    Wow, excellent photo essay. They are all so beautifully done. Voted

  • Robert Duncan

    Robert Duncan   gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    great story and photos. rockin' YEAH.

  • triciamary

    triciamary gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story, photos and memories.

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    fantastic photo essay!

  • dora pesapane

    dora pesapane gave props (4 Jan 2009):

    I remember.......

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (7 Jan 2009):

    What a beautiful story & shots, Mayette ! Really !

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (15 Feb 2009):

    Great story!! Amazing Shots Got my vote!

  • Robert J Ross

    Robert J Ross gave props (13 Mar 2009):

    Well done.

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (27 May 2009):

    nice story to tell!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    What a wonderful old house. Memories of childhood are the best. Thank you for sharing.

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