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By David Giffels
With the lyrics of a Replacements music working via his head ("Look me within the eye, then inform me that i am satisfied"), David Giffels—with his spouse and boy or girl son in tow—combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, looking for the right condominium for his burgeoning kin. the hunt ends on the entrance door of a pretty yet decaying Gilded Age mansion, the once-grand former place of abode of a rubber-industry government. It lacks practical plumbing and electrical energy, leaks rain like a caricature shack, and is infested with all demeanour of natural world. yet for a tender father at a coming-of-age crossroads, the problem is exactly the attract. all of the means house is Giffels's humorous, poignant, and confounding trip throughout the nice event of restoring a crumbling residence with a view to learning what the phrases "grown up" and "home" fairly suggest.
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Boys: Clean up the crab apples before raccoons overrun us. When we saw him later, he was building things, not always things that were needed, but things that appealed to him in a way that I didn’t yet understand. We lived in an old house, and there was always 24 ] David G iffe ls a project under way, my father refinishing furniture or laying tile or performing sorcery on a perpetually cantankerous boiler. As children, we often accompanied him on missions to collect discarded paving bricks. A pile of excavated street bricks is to my father what a crop of morel mushrooms is to a chef.
To our left, through a wide entrance offset with formal columns that supported a large, ornate lintel, was the living room. It was sunken, a wide expanse of room presented by a broad, curving step. At the center of the far wall was a brick fireplace, large but simply ap- A ll t h e Wa y H o m e [ 35 pointed, with panels across the front of the mantel and discreet curls at the ends. More than the fireplace itself, I was taken by the fact that it was coated with paint, which the wood and brick seemed to wear as an insult.
We’d tricked ourselves into believing we had a particular talent for this, when in fact we had accomplished only elementary redecorating. “I know I could,” I said. ” “There’s so much, though. ” Her eyes widened. “I know. ” or the tinkling of a little silver bell resting near the master’s soup spoon. Getting up from the table to walk to the wall and press a button seemed like overkill. Then again, this house was all about overkill. ) But I had noticed another identical button near the front door.
All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House by David Giffels