Bossy recently took this photo — it’s the first house she can remember living in when she was just a couple of years old. It’s located in a Philadelphia neighborhood called Germantown, which is a coincidence because it was founded by Germans in the 1600s.
The house is filled with apartments — the Bossy family lived on the ground floor, in the apartment that encompasses the windows you see to the left of the front door. This apartment house fell in disrepair over the last few decades, but thankfully it’s being renovated.
The porch previously ran the distance of the front of the house — which was painted bright white with a red front door — and the landscaping was more mature and integrated.
Other things Bossy remembers about this first house: it was filled with interesting people who practiced a very 1960s open-door policy. Bossy’s family apartment was the hub for these strange bedfellows who would gather regularly for the copious meals prepared by Bossy’s mom.
Bossy remembers having a crush on one of the neighbors in particular. Or maybe he was a boyfriend of a neighbor. His name was Larry.
Larry had a tangle of jet black hair which he sometimes secured in a ponytail. And he had an epic beard and eyes that smiled and Bossy wanted to marry him.
Other people Bossy remembers from this apartment house: the landlord Van, which was a nickname formed when Van’s last name was chopped in two. Van was an older gentleman.
Van would periodically turn up at the Bossy apartment door with a tongue under his arm, asking Bossy’s mom to prepare it. And sometimes Bossy would go upstairs and watch TV with Van in his apartment because that’s what kids did when dinosaurs roamed the earth. As Bossy remembers it, Van had one of the first remote controls.
Bossy remembers the following regarding the layout of the family apartment, but she may have it all wrong:
Bossy can sum up this first place she remembers living in this way: Love and friend-filled, it shaped Bossy’s way of socializing.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about the first place you remember living?
And be sure to check back later today for the best early memories on the web!