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February 15th, 2007

5553Has anyone ever done something for you that was just so BIG? Really, really, really big? Well… that happened to me this afternoon! Thanks to Pam, I got to experience something so big it made me bawl. Who knew that Pam going to the dentist today was going to make me cry!

So you see this photo of this house and I’m going on and on about a gift from Pam. Are you thinking, WOW… did Pam buy her a house? I guess I should back up a bit. At some point in our young lives, Pam and I were neighbors in a then little community nestled in the hills of the East Bay (of the San Francisco Bay Area). We didn’t know each other, that we know of. Who knows… maybe we’ve met before when we were little and don’t know it. Kind of like the TV show Lost where everyone has crossed paths at some point. Anyhoo… In Pam’s busy crazy day, she takes the time and effort (and the curious stares of onlookers) to snap some shots of the first home I lived in. I was overwhelmed by her kindness to do something like this for me!

So this is where I lived for the first few years of my life in the early 60’s. My mom said they paid a hefty 12k for it (new) in 1960. I just Zillow’d it and it’s now worth over 500k. We didn’t live there long, and soon moved to Orinda there after. Oh, and that house we lived in in Orinda… now worth about 1.5 million. And no… my folks didn’t see a dime of those big bucks from either house. But I do have the best memories, and those are priceless!

And now the part of my story that’s a zinger. This isn’t actually my childhood home. It’s the one next door to our old house where an elderly couple named Phil and Ina lived. Regardless… it’s the fact that Pam went and did this for me that’s priceless and brought me so much joy. I wish you all some PAMKITTYMORNING in your lives!

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10 Responses

  1. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Yes, this story would have been so much happier if I’d have worn my glasses. Since I really did know what number I was looking for. Someday you’ll get that photo. What really cracks me up is that we moved to town that same year and I’m pretty sure paid around 12 for the house my parents bought. Of course I was in 1st grade, you were like 0 right? Anyway hope those kids don’t tell Ina I was taking pictures and get her all worked up. I meant to stalk the next door neighbors.

  2. The fabulous Lauri Smith allegedly said:

    Ha-haaa! That’s funny…but it’s the thought that counts…and I’d be all teary eyed like you, too!

  3. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    How cool is that…I can see why you would tear up…PKM you are the best!

  4. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Ahh Blop.. I’m not quite the best, just next door to the best.

  5. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Pam ROCKS! I hope someday you chicks get to go to the ‘hood together! :) We’ll be waiting for pictures. :)

  6. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    That’s Pam–always full of the coolest surprises. And she WILL make it up to you–I was shocked at her error since in my mind she always knows where everything is–because, as she’s fond of saying “PAM is MAP spelled backwards”.

  7. The fabulous Claire allegedly said:

    Aww! that is so sweet! What is it about seeing our childhood homes that makes us so teary eyed??I grew up in Hawaii and St. Louis, MO and everytime I see those houses (yes, I make a point to do a drive by) I get all teary eyed and dumb.

    Especially at the SL house. We went and saw it last in 2004, the year that my dad died. When we drove up I noticed that the new owners still had and address marker that my dad had carved and painted for the house some 15 years before. Just seeing that peice of him still there so many years later reduced me to a blubbering mass. They were even the third owners since we had sold the house!

    D@*@&%. I need kleenex.

  8. The fabulous Claire allegedly said:

    hmmm. that’s funny. My fake swear word wants you all to email me…

  9. The fabulous Deanna allegedly said:

    Hi! So sweet!! First time here, just HAD to comment…My husband and I were in San Francisco :) and I had lived on Treasure Island as kid, so as we were driving back home, we took a detour and found my old house…I couldn’t believe how emotional I got to see someplace that had so many memories for me! Thanks for sharing the story!

  10. The fabulous Deanna allegedly said:

    PS-Absolutely Adorable Blog!

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