Daughter's questions inspire trip down memory lane
My daughter was asking me about my childhood and the places I've lived. I decided to drive her to Kailua to see my family's first house, off Oneawa Street.
My parents and I lived in 1,000 sq. foot plantation house that was one of five homes on a little plot of land that my dad's mother owned and rented. It was a two bedroom, one bath house with a little backyard and classic tongue-and-groove, single wall construction in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.
My grandmother died in 1996, and for some years, her three children managed the rentals and split the profits, until they decided it was time to sell. I'm not super sentimental about the house because I was only there for a couple years in toddlerhood, and I have just a few blurry memories.
I'm more nostalgic about seeing my grandparents' houses as I drive down University Avenue (paternal grandparent) or Pali Highway (maternal grandparents), because I spent more time there.
But Olivia was asking, and we had time, so I spontaneously offered to swing her by. It's still there, and the footprint of the five rentals still looks the same. As we drove down the little lane, the houses looked significantly upgraded and modernized.
Then we got to to the end of the lane, and there was my old house, looking almost the same as I remembered it. It is a welcoming sky blue now, and the owners added a spacious front deck for grilling and entertaining. Very nice!
The front door was open so I decided to see if the resident would let us take a look inside. A lovely young woman came to the door, preceded by her very polite Weimaraner who looked at us but did not bark.
Cameron is the woman's name. Willow is the dog, and she gave us the excited butt wag.
I introduced ourselves and explained what we wanted. "Sure," she said, "come in!"
The house looks more or less as I remember it. Small, bright, cute. Renovated a bit and modernized, but the original construction is recognizable.
My old room is now Willow's room. Willow shares the room with Cameron and her crafting supplies. Cameron beads, and her Etsy shop is called Rune and Light. I took all of this as a very nice sign; Olivia and I love big dogs and crystal jewelry.
The kitchen is a cheery orange, and we also enjoy bright color. Every room in our current house is a different color. In fact, our hallway is a papaya orange, similar to Cameron's kitchen!
I looked outside at the backyard, which also looks the same, except they added a white fence. I remember my mother grew green onions and some other edibles, and I would pick the herbs for whatever she was cooking.
It was fun to see the inside of my former house for the first time in four decades. How generous of Cameron to let us in! I'm so grateful for gracious people!
I'm glad I got to show Olivia where I used to live, too. It's very close to Kailua Beach, but Olivia says she prefers our home because it's twice the size, and she can't imagine cramming her possessions in a smaller space. Ha!
It's so neat that the people who live there now are people I feel I could relate to with their personality, hobbies, pets, and even interior decorating. Thanks, Cameron and Willow, for giving us a little fun moment in our day! That was a fun walk down memory lane!