Next Sketch Outing

Sunday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m.: Suzzallo Library

Friday, May 9, 2014

Wedgwood house

If houses could talk... this house built in 1939 has had two owners. My parents purchased this in 1952 when the Seattle city limits were at 85th street. My dad paid $9100. There were empty lots for us kids to play in and plenty of neighborhood parties. We could walk down to Matthews Beach through the woods and cross the railroad tracks before it became Burke-Gilman trail. We had bicycle parades with playing cards clothespinned to our spokes. We dragged wooden hydroplanes behind our bikes and could even hear the hydroplanes roar during the Gold Cup.  Our house heard music sung by my dad (tenor) in the shower or accompanied by mom on the piano. Every first day of school my brother, and sister and I stood outside in the yard for mom to snap a photo. My dad taught all he neighborhood kids how to play "kick the can". It was a phenomenal neighborhood to grow up in with window painting contests at McVicar Hardware and rollerskating down the next block on the "smooth street". The Easter bunny, tooth fairy and Santa always found us.

As urban sketchers, we often paint the structures in the communities where we live. But it is the memories that connect us to tradition in these communities which remain close to the heart.

(Sketched today before rain squall and plumber's truck caused a delay. Dad just signed papers to put the house on the market and at age 88 is happy to have moved on. May the next family create as many memories as we all have!)