Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Playing house

I am writing snippets for my memoir, and I keep coming up with the same theme: the many times we moved during my childhood. My connecting thread seems to be residences we lived in, which always leads me back to my playhouse, or as I like to call it, My Great Escape.

Although I was a very assertive 10 year old (okay, bossy) my playhouse, a back porch, was the only "home" where I was in charge when my parents' marriage was unraveling and nothing seemed certain.

Did you have a playhouse? 


Bookie said...

No, but there was an old shed where a mower and rakes were stored. It has a great door open at the bottom and two windows just like a house. Loved playing house in there....eps. on a rainy day when it was a little chilly. It felt safe and I had to be strong to soothe the doll babies when it thundered!!!

Donna Volkenannt said...

As far as a playhouse, I didn't have one, but my sisters and brothers and I used to drape a sheet over the divanette (what we now call a couch) in the front room (aka the living room)and make a tent.

Susan said...

Yes, Linda. My father built me a playhouse, attached to our garage.

It is one of the happiest memories of my entire childhood.

I kept all my dolls in there in the summer and I had more than two dozen of them! Some had arms or legs missing (I collected them from anywhere) and one, as I recall, had no head! Just a torso. (Weird.)

Oh, how I loved playing in that little house, built with love.

At night, every doll said a prayer! That is a LOT of prayers. ha haha A mini holy roller. hahaha

Thanks for the memories. Susan

K9friend said...

I had the same experience as Donna. We'd drape a blanket or sheet to create our very own tent.

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Val said...

My dad used to work for Southwestern Bell, before it got split up and recombined. He was able to snag a wooden crate that was used to ship a telephone booth. The sides were more like slats than solid.

We laid that crate down longways in my next-door grandpa's back yard, and played in it all summer. We laid short sections of 2x4s across the top like a Lincoln logs in a square turret-like entrance. That crate was a tank, a submarine, a bunker, a fort. A fantastic time was had by all. Not a doll in sight. Lots of boys on my block.

Lynn said...

I guess my playhouse was wherever I was playing... in our basement, in a tree, at the schoolyard. Laughed at your previous post about hubby and the GPS, and the post previous about demanding respect - I agree with you. Looking forward to Tuesday!

Tammy said...

I had a very homemade one, and you rekindled some wonderful memories. I'm glad you're working on your memoir!

River said...

I didn't have a playhouse, but I used to build houses. With many, many, building blocks and large thin books for roofs, thicker books for floors, I made mansions.

Daisy said...

No, I didn't have a playhouse, but I did often climb the maple tree in my back yard and claim it as my own personal space. :)