jonathan’s paternal grandparents built their home on alynwood circle.
mimi and granddad moved there, from pittsburgh, a few years after granddad returned from the korean war in 1954.
after my father-in-law, jeff power, was born (the first cesarean section to be televised live) he was brought home to this house.
my new grandparents have never lived anywhere else.
jonathan and i went to charleston to help them get ready to move into an apartment for independent living.
it was his wish to pass on all his tools to his grandsons.
and believe me, there were a lot of tools.
here he instructs jonathan and how not to blow the house up w the oxy acetylene tanks.
when we weren’t packing and moving and organizing what went to whom and where (no cleaning to be done since mimi is a consummate housecleaner) we enjoyed some treats.
we easily talked granddad into a rootbeer float.
and it was mimi’s idea to take a peek in the candy store.
we rented a truck to take all the tools and furniture that they had bequeathed to us back to denver. the most special item is perhaps this piano, which jeff grew up playing.
the morning we left i asked mimi and granddad to please stand in front of their house for some photos of the only house they have known in their 55 years of marriage. it was a tearful and bittersweet moment, even for me who was visiting for my first and last time.