If Houses Could Talk


One of my grandfather’s favorite songs many years ago was the song, This Old House by Stuart Hamblin. He especially liked the words and he said they reminded him of his own life.

Did you ever go through an old house and wonder to yourself what it would be like if that old home could only talk? I have often thought of my old home where I was raised in Boardman, Ohio out in the country. It is no longer in the country now, but it is a very populated residential area.

However, from the time we moved in our home many years ago until the time we sold it and went our separate ways many things took place.
I am going to share some of them with you and perhaps you will relate to some of them in reference to your home.

I recall listening to the radio when Joe Louis was boxing and hearing the announcer introduce him by saying “In this corner is the heavyweight champion of the world, Joe Louis.” Years later I recall watching him fight on our first black and white television. It was a little snowy but it was a real thrill to see the boxing match.

We sure have come a long ways from those days. I often think of the many family fellowship times consisting of picnics, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, birthday dinners, celebrations and my mother’s first experience of baking homemade pizza. It was called, “petes” back then.

There were also times of heartaches and sorrows when loved ones were ill and death gave way to family separation on this earth. At that time my parents always reminded us that those who were Christians were in heaven and that someday we would all be together again.

Many different phases of our lives take place in our homes and now those times are all behind us. I am sure if the walls could talk we could all write our own book about Home Sweet Home.

I am sitting here today with my wife in our home and looking at pictures on the walls and all our furnishings wondering what it would be like if our homes could only talk. I am sure it would have much of the same things to say about the years gone by as we raised our family.

How about you my friend? What would your home have to say if it could talk? The home place may be gone by now but the memories will never die. Just think about it — if the house could talk.

William Shakespeare said, You take my house when you take the prop that sustains my house.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15.

(If you would like to order my new book THINK ABOUT IT please send check or money order in the amount of $13.45, which includes tax and postage, for each book payable to George Hazlett c/o Farm & Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, Ohio 44460.)


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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.



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