CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 20, 2010

My Childhood Home: 29 Spring St., Portsmouth, N. H.

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MY CHILDHOOD HOME

29 SPRING ST., PORTSMOUTH, N. H.

     The first grader fought the tears damming up behind her eyes. She was strong. She wouldn’t let anyone see her cry. After a moment, she dared look at her knees. Brush-burned, grit ground in, bleeding—and painful. She almost let a tear fall.

     She’d been walking home from school when she tripped over the broken cement on the sidewalk. She would continue on home And she wouldn’t cry. She wanted to make her grandmother proud of her and her strength.

     That first grader was me. My destination was 29 Spring Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where I lived with my grandparents, Albert and May Isabelle (aka Mabel nee Walker) Briskay.

      The three-story white clapboard-sided house with forest-green shingles was nine-tenths of a mile from Whipple Elementary School. It offered my sister Nancy Lee and me sanctuary from the time I was an infant and she was barely two years old. Our mother, Nancy Briskay Cornell, lived there only occasionally. As children, we didn’t know the reasons. As adults, we still don’t know.

     I was reminded of my second home, on Spring Street, this morning when I realized that today is (more…)

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