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January 26, 2013

On the Go: Old houses have history to share


When I was in pre-school, my dad redid the ceiling in our breakfast nook. I remember tracing a dinosaur cookie cutter on the note I left (along with my name and date, of course.)   

All of our inside doors have old-fashioned keyholes. We are fortunate enough to have the keys too. All of them say “Paris.” My mom used to assume they were made in Paris, France, but eventually she realized they were personalized for Dr. Paris who lived in our house after the Newman family did. 

There are some other unique things about my house because of its age. For instance, there is a maid’s room upstairs. Under the stairs there is a closet. Within that closet there is another closet. The doors swell when it rains and the floor isn’t level. 

My house is very vocal too. In the song “Little Talks,” by Of Monsters and Men, it is best explained. One singer says, “The stairs creak as you sleep. It’s keeping me awake.” Another responds with, “It’s the house telling you to close your eyes.”   

My house has a personality of its own composed of more than a century and half’s life experiences like breathing, crying, dreaming, sighing and laughing trapped under one roof.

Kate Ahearn is a sophomore at Unatego Junior-Senior High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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