Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wall of Fame

Stacey, James, Peg, June, Kendall, Jessica, Brad, Trevor, Amy, Whitney, Joel, Jonathan, Meg, the list goes on. Mother measured the children. Upon opening the basement door, a row of names and years covering the door frame greeted you. The dates covered 1983 to 2000, the year mother died. Jonathan was a few inches taller than everyone else. Obviously, this was a Lavy boy. Mom and Dad tracked 'their kids'.

When going through the papers after Mom was gone, we found a sheet of names, dates and measurements. Evidently, Dad had copied the measuring wall before the doorway received a new coat of paint. John Marshall, Jobi, Lorraine, Eric, Betsy, Stacey, Steve, Trevor, Sue Ann, Keith and Brad all stood against that wall between 1971 and 1978. Stacey, my daughter, was just a toddler.

The list of names and numbers had no worth only memories more for the child measured than those of us reading the list. Although it reminded me of how much my parents loved the children who visited them. I'm not too sure how safe it was standing a teetering child at the top of the stairs looking down to the basement's waiting concrete, yet time and time again they stood straight waiting to see if they were a bit taller than the last time they stood in that same spot.

The wall has since been painted. I saw it on my last visit. The names and numbers still peek through the coat of paint.  I have the list and pictures of the wall. For this daughter, they remind me that fine decorating of a home should consist of a wall of dates and names, a stairway lined with hand colored pictures, counter tops holding handmade gifts. Mother and Dad recognized children. Not always their own, but they did acknowledge the worth and goodness in each child.

We stood at the top of the stairs, adult and child, while my mother or dad made the line above our heads. A name and date was added. I never caught up to those Lavy boys. And before I knew it, my son passed his mother’s height. Truly it was a history. A history of life back the lane on Neff Road.

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