So when we got married, Charlie said, “I’m going to build a house in the woods for you, me, and the three girls. Design it.” (We had three then. #4 came shortly after.)
So I got some books and I did it. I would show him my sketches and he would tell me why they wouldn’t work, and I’d start over. Eventually, we agreed on a design.
HOWEVER. You knew that was coming, didn’t you? HOWEVER, we miscommunicated, as we so often do, this time on which direction the staircase to the second level needed to go. I could have sworn he said it needed to be this way, and he’s convinced he tried and failed to persuade me to have it go that way.
Which is neither here nor there, actually, I’m just saying.
ANYWAY, the staircase divides the west side of the house into a front room and a back room. We used to have the baby’s room in the front across a hall from ours but, when she got bigger and moved into an upstairs room one of her sisters had vacated, Charlie took out the side wall and made a front room out of it.
So here’s that dividing wall.
So what’s behind those folding doors, eh? the ones we keep closed during the winter, to keep the warmth where I can soak it up in my poor old bones?
The Stairway of Infamy! It’s so dark because something went wonky with the circuit about five years ago and somebody who shall be nameless but whose initials are Charles Allen is too stubborn to call an electrician for something he could do just as well himself. Mm-hmmm.
Okay, so that’s at one end of the stairway. What’s at the other end?
And behind that door? Back down under behind the stairs?
If, by “other worlds,” you mean a turntable, vinyl records, CDs, VHS tapes, and DVDs. And a heating duct, a lampshade, a vacuum, and a leaf for the dining table. When the kids were little, the sekrit clarsit also held card games and board games. Also a step-stool: movies on high shelves, for the getting to.
Although you would never guess it, this post has been part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up. Go to his blog, read his wonderful post, and follow the little blue frog-link to some real Thursday Doors posts from around the world.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a secret room.