The Heart of Hiraeth by gardenfolk

The Heart of Hiraeth

When you finally go
back to your old home
you find it wasn't the
old home you missed
but your childhood.
...Sam Ewing

hiraeth
(n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past. It is a Welsh word.
https://mindfullymusing.com/2014/07/25/the-heart-of-hiraeth/

This is a photo of an old postcard that featured my childhood home, taken around 1970. My mom was so surprised and thrilled, she bought up all the postcards she could find. My house is the one between the first and second palm tree with the red brick and bougainvillea growing up the fireplace. It is located in what was once a hidden gem of a seaside town in Pacific Palisades, California, a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Yes, it did have a few famous people who quietly lived there when I was growing up like Ronald Reagan, Walter Matthau, Thelma Todd, Vin Scully, James Arness, Richard Boone, Buckminster Fuller, Bill Cosby and David Niven. Now the list of actors who have moved there, taken over the town with expensive shops and built McMansions is a very long list. My dad had the house built in 1948 with a $12,000 VA loan. An addition was added to the home later, before I was born. It has only had two owners in its 70 years, looks close to the same from the outside and is now worth over 2 million dollars. When I went to my 40th high school reunion in 2012, I knocked on the door and the woman who bought it from my dad remembered my parents and invited me inside. It brought back so many fond memories of a simpler time and a happy childhood.

https://www.coastalliving.com/travel/atlantic/visit-pacific-palisades

I couldn't figure out if I should change this to a B&W? However I did use a polaroid film look from Picmonkey. The original postcard was in color so I decided to keep it in color.
What a wonderful thing to have and what a place to grow up! I like it in these colours because that is the colour the postcards of the era were. Very nostalgic.
August 9th, 2018  
Lovely capture...Fav
August 9th, 2018  
Lovely capture. What a memorable place for you to visit. The house I lived in and where my parents continued to live up to the death of my dad 8 years ago was pulled down and now is a 6 storey apartment block. I hardly recognise the spot where it stood.
August 9th, 2018  
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All the memories... and yes, its not only the home, but all memories and adventures you had there as a child i guess... love th epicture...
August 9th, 2018  
This is perfect! I hope you have framed one of the postcards! Every time I go to Lubbock I drive by my childhood home. 😊
August 9th, 2018  
It looks a fabulous place to have grown up! What a great nostalgic visit it must have been.
August 9th, 2018  
A wonderful story with lots of memories. A great capture too.
August 9th, 2018  
Such wonderful childhood memories.
August 9th, 2018  
That is amazing. It looks like a beautiful place it it's a great postcard to savor memories.
August 9th, 2018  
So lovely, looks like a vintage postcard 💟
August 9th, 2018  
This is so wonderful, glad you kept it in colour as it adds a nostalgic look. Fav
August 9th, 2018  
Lovely vintage looking processing
August 9th, 2018  
Love the vintage look!
August 9th, 2018  
Great look to this photo! Very vintage!
August 9th, 2018  
Wonderful childhood memories
August 9th, 2018  
@craftymeg I thought of you when I decided to post this since you reminded me how much home means to us. Thank you.
August 9th, 2018  
I love this and so meaningful to you! It looks great in color. FAV
August 10th, 2018  
FABULOUS and what a great story behind it. I'm glad you kept it in color. The filter makes it look of the time. Nice vintage look.
August 10th, 2018  
Love the colours
August 11th, 2018  
Beautiful scene and capture. fav.
August 12th, 2018  
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