Holidays at Gardner Road

When I think of holidays my memories go to 75 Gardner Rd. Brooline,Ma. They are probably all linked together along with the weekly Friday evening dinners.

75 Gardner Rd Fall 2002Many a time the whole extended family would have a great dinner in the basement room. Beulah overseeing the cooking in the downstairs kitchen. Thanksgivings,Passover seders all intertwine in one collective memory.

When I think of 75 Gardner Rd I also think of the two families, two brothers and two sisters living together in the same house for more than 40 years. I was personally attracted to the great 100 Seeburg record player in Uncle Fred's sunroom,the aquarium in his den and the huge doll collection. Sophie Letcher made a composite image of the dolls for her "ancestry" school project.

Sophie's doll wallpaper

I know there were times, mainly in my teens, that the family gatherings were a little too much. But looking back with a new perspective I think we all were very fortunate to have had a big extended family.


Asha said...

I remember Uncle Fred's wonderful miniature collection. I could spend hours in the room just looking at the tiny tables and candles and such.

And the Chanukah/Christmas gatherings where Fred would sit up by the fireplace and give out presents to both sides of the family.

Shame it didn't go on longer but I appreciate the years we had.


Debbie Monosson said...

Yes..I remember Friday night dinners at Grandpas house...and yes I probably thought they were fun until I was old enough. My favorite rooms were the sunroom and the jungle room where we used to throw our coats. I have Grandmas little white box that held lollipops in my kitchen and does have its fond memories.