This is one of those Thursday Doors “I didn’t get a good picture because I didn’t want to trespass” posts.
We’re in Caneyville, Kentucky, this week, where my husband lived Way Back When.
Here’s a picture of his house on Tough Street. The big white building filling the right of the picture was the hotel. Across the street is an empty lot where Charlie’s father’s garage used to stand. Not his personal garage, the one where he used to work on other people’s cars.
This was his father’s father’s house — Lafe’s house. Lafe and his brothers were all named after notable men, most of them military men. Uncle Mane’s full name was Francis Marion Allen, Francis Marion being better known as The Swamp Fox, hero of the American Revolutionary War. Lafe’s real name? Marquis de Lafayette Allen.
These are (obviously) the railroad tracks. The white building was Pearl Young’s general store. Pearl was a man, the father of Charlie’s best friend in Caneyville. Charlie and his family lived in an apartment over the store for a while. The red building next to it was also a store, but they didn’t carry as much variety as Pearl Young, and Charlie says they didn’t seem very “friendly to kids,” so he didn’t go in there.
Not very doorish, actually, except as a door to my husband’s past, a door I love walking through. He remembers so much about Caneyville, and with so much fondness, it’s a pleasure to visit there with him, in person or in conversation.
This is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up. Go to his blog and click on the link-up link to see who’s going where this week.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Where did your main character’s significant other or, lacking one, your main character’s father spend the most memorable part of his childhood?