The first time we said hello was in October 1994. We moved into your four walls with our little Shaynala in tow. You were the place we decided to grow and nurture our family, and much to our surprise, eight months later we filled another bedroom when Jeremy was born. Then, when Marlena came home from the hospital in 1998, all four bedrooms were completely filled up.
We hope you didn’t mind all of the noise we made these past 22 years; the laughter, temper tantrums (lots and lots of temper tantrums), doors slamming from the kids running in and out, the banging from all of the home renovations and improvements, Lucy’s barking at the mailman, and most of all the blasting sounds of Joel’s Godzilla and Eight Ball Deluxe pinball machines in his “game room”.
You’ve been a gracious and spacious host, from our backyard birthday and graduation parties to Thanksgiving and Jewish holiday celebrations. You never once complained about the chaos in the kitchen preparing for these gatherings and the tumult we and our guests created when were were all together.
We sure are going to miss the kitchen’s delicious aromas wafting through the rooms, the crick of the stairs, and roasting marshmallows with family or friends around our fire pit. Family movie nights, with all five of us nestled together on the den sofa may be been long gone, but are one of our favorite family memories you helped create.
After a long day at work, school or activities, you gave all of us a sense of comfort and relaxation. You provided shelter from all of life’s storms and were the one true place where we all felt loved and safe, and for this we are forever grateful.
Today, 412, we say goodbye and close the door on the biggest chapter of our lives. The rooms are all empty, and the cupboards and walls are bare. It’s ok to be sad, we’re gong to miss you too. We want to thank you 412, for helping us create precious childhood memories for our three jewels, Shayna, Jeremy and Marlena. These memories and our time spent within your walls are etched in our hearts and minds forever.
With love, Norma and Joel