This is the home I grew up in from the age of about four and a half. There were six of us kids spread out over a 17 year period and I’m the next to the youngest. Before this home the only home I remember was a much smaller shotgun home. For those of you that don’t know what a shotgun home is it’s one that you can open the front door and the back door and shoot a shotgun and it will go straight through. I don’t remember for certain but I think in was a three bedroom, one bathroom for all eight of us… six kids and mom and dad. Any way, my dad worked hard in growing his and his partner’s company and dad and mom both were very frugal and so they were able to buy this home about four blocks away from the capitol in Okla. City.
This is the ‘big house’ as I call it from the back. The reason I decided to post and write about the home I grew up in is because back in the day we had no air conditioning. The house was built facing the north and there were lots of windows as you can see from these photos. In the summertime the windows were open and if there was any southern breeze at all even on the hottest of days at night time it cooled enough to be able to sleep good.
Today the a/c quit at Cuz’s house. It’s 2:45 a.and it’s almost cooling down enough that I may be able to go to sleep. It was only 104 F. today and is supposed to be 105 degrees tomorrow with 100 + degree heat all week. It’s down to 82 degrees right now, I have the windows in my room opened and the fan blowing on high and it is almost comfortable. Hopefully the a/c people will be out tomorrow and be able to repair it.
Ya know, 50-55 years ago the heat didn’t seem to bother us… now it’s almost impossible for me to deal with in my 60’s. All I want to do is sit very still in front of the fan turned on to high and for once I can definitely say it’s not a hot flash… It’s just H.O.T.