the house where I grew up in Belmont Massachusetts, photo taken in May 2017
This is how the house looked when I visited this past week during my trip to Boston. I don’t know the present owners. My mother sold the house in the late 1960’s when she moved to Hawaii and I was in Kenya. My sisters and I have visited the neighborhood several times since then and just reminisced about all the good times we shared there. My father was the first owner of the house, built in 1926-27. This neighborhood was part of a new housing development built on the Benton Estate. Belmont was still a rural town with many farms not far from the center of Boston.
In May 2017 the house was looking pretty much the same as in the 1940’s when I was growing up. The most striking difference to me was the landscaping around our house and in fact all around the neighborhood. Everything was looking very crisp – and beautiful. It had always been a nice looking neighborhood in earlier days but not quite so professionally done.
Here I am standing in front of the house all ready for my first day of school in the early 1940’s
an even earlier picture of the house