Tell us a family story-
We owned a two family home in a city. At one point our downstairs tenant moved out. We decided to take over the whole house so each of our three children had their own bedroom. This was well before my 4th child was born.
My elderly neighbor Evelyn told me the home we bought had been built for a bank vice president. On the third floor was a room for the "maid".
When a school was dismantled in the mid 1890's, someone decided to recycle materials from that school. Our home was one of the three built using those materials.
There were pocket doors and the windows were from the school as well as the banister used in constructing the stairs.
When my husband was no longer working in the state we lived in. we made a decision to sell our home and move. We would find something that was west of where my husband worked We thought it would be good for our children to get out of the city to a more rural area.
After we sold the house we bought a converted one room schoolhouse. It was used as a home in 1958 when it was replaced by a newer school.
I loved the fieldstone that was used in the construction of the home. We had 18 inch outside walls. It was a much smaller home than the one in the city but it was on one floor. It had a large yard with an above ground pool.
My husband and I loved being in a rural area. My husband still had a commute but it was a nicer commute using back roads.
Now near our pool was a lot of bushes and a storage shed in the left corner of the yard.
I noticed my younger son peeing on the bushes. He said my older son said he could do that... instead of coming into the house. So I sat them both down and explained how they had to come into the house to do that. We were in a more rural area but we still had neighbors.
My younger son soon started kindergarten. He went on a field trip to see a local farm.
When he came home he was so excited. He had a lot of fun on the trip. He loved seeing all the animals.
"Mommy, Mommy it was great. The cows got to pee and poop out in the field! And the farmer didn't make them go in the house and use the bathroom!"