Monday, August 27, 2018

The Sweet Nostalgia of My Hometown with My Child


Swish! There goes the ball, right towards the hoop, and it's the first thing he wanted to show his grandmother he could do when we arrived to Sandusky, Ohio.




Of course, the most exciting part of visiting was seeing my mom, but visiting my old haunts is always on my list of things to do. The basketball fun took place at my old elementary school, as did this picture here. In fact, that fire escape was right outside of my 3rd-grade classroom...and the same one my friend Amy and I used to climb to go sit and play 'school' in the summer. Right underneath it is a huge dumpster. I remember one year (I went to this school K-6) the school pictures parents hadn't purchased were tossed on top. We got in there and took those out to play, lol It's so funny what kids will do all in the name of imagination. 


We also visited my 7th grade school (which at the time was one huge building with just one grade in it), my 8th grade and high school (the last two not pictured). I love these old buildings. If you look carefully you can see my son by the door. These places are so massive that he looks really tiny. I'm not really all that far away with the camera. I remember trudging up these stairs with my snow boots on, banging them to get the snow off before walking inside. :)


There is a lot of history in Sandusky that we weren't taught when I was young. Historical markers are now dotted all over the town like this one you see above. Those weren't there either, when I was a child. I think they are a wonderful addition. 


It wouldn't be a visit 'home' if I didn't get a picture of the state flag. :) 


Likewise, a trip to the library is always in order. I spent SOOO much time in this place when I was a kid. I remember loving everything about it. They have redone everything on the inside, and it looks lovely, but it doesn't look like my library anymore (at least on the inside). 


The outside is just the same though...and again you can see it's a massive stone building. My mom and youngest son are at the top of the stairs.  


This building, believe it or not, was actually the jail when I was a kid. It's right next door to the library. In my childhood imagination, I always envisioned men holding the bars in the basement windows and trying to see out...because of course 'bad guys' were absolutely being held downstairs in the scary basement.

This house is next to that jail and I'm thinking a). it probably was scary to go home if you were a kid and the jail was still there (who wants to live right next door to a jail?). b). it was probably awesome to have the library so close and c). isn't that greenery bad for the house if it's growing on it like that? 


We took a walk through the downtown area and reminisced about some things, as well as learned what kind of changes had gone on since the last time we had been for a visit.


A lot of things were different, just in a year's time, but thank goodness the popcorn wagon is still there. You can actually buy popcorn here during live events (Fridays are 'Rock on the Dock' with live music and there are other events from time to time as well).


I always loved how well manicured they kept the downtown when I was a girl, and it's still just as pretty.


The Boy and the Boot statue is famous up north. See him there at the top? He has his own social media accounts. :)  I always loved this fountain because it cannot contain itself. If you are anywhere near the edges you are going to get wet. The building behind it is the courthouse.


Across the street is the Merry-Go-Round Museum. When I was a kid, we'd go up those beautiful stairs to get stamps. Yep, it was the post office. :)


I've always loved the trees up north. They grow very tall and sprawl over the sidewalks. A lot of them have colors other than green too! Here's my mom underneath one of the biggest ones there. 


Just behind this wishing well, which has been there forever, you will see an 'Open' sign. That's Flippens. Well, it's not Flippens anymore, as my mom was swift to remind me, but to me, it'll always be one and the same. That was where I got my saddle shoes for school each year. They'd let you sit on a pony to get your feet measured for a proper fit, and give you a lollipop when you were done, lol. I honestly have no idea what's in there now, and didn't really want to cross the street to find out. ;) 


Of course a trip to Cedar Point was in order. I considered not going, just because I've been so many times, and I do mean hundreds of times. We had passes every summer and I continued to go as an adult, traveling 1200 miles for years to do so, and then we'd travel just a few hours when we moved to the state next door. It is one of my best childhood memories, and likewise for my kids. They love it more than Disney World, and DW is right next to us (it's the rollercoasters...they have the biggest and best in the world)! Here's little man taking his grandmama for a ride in the old-fashioned cars. She doesn't look worried, but I think he's too young to be driving. ;) 


Here's a new game they added this year. My son watched about ten people go before he worked up his nerve. Only one person prior to him won a prize and it was a small one. He saw adults walking away empty handed. He was starting to sweat, but he knows he's good too... so, he finally went in. I knew he would. He'd been guarding his spending money all day until he got to just the right thing. This was just the right thing.


He missed his first 2 easy shots and thought he was going home empty-handed. I couldn't believe it! But then he nailed the two far shots. The one coming from the far right corner...there it goes, swish and hurrah, and then the one coming in right from the middle. Double swish. Good job, kiddo!


He won a foam brick. You can see he's relieved and happy that he didn't walk away without a victory of some sort. Basketball is becoming more than just a hobby to him. He's in his 5th season now, and I'd say it's definitely becoming a passion.


Though Cedar Point has always housed the world's biggest, fastest rollercoasters (and we did ride a couple) we stuck primarily to the slower rides this go around. Gram doesn't ride (my mom), and we wanted to spend as much time with her as we could.


The one thing about Cedar Point, you never know what surprises might be lurking. You see what I mean, right? 


And here's the boy, hamming it up for the camera. There is a walkway full of dinos here. It's fun to go through. I like this area and so does he. My mom wasn't overly thrilled with it, too many bugs in the woodsy areas coming out to feast on her, lolol.


There was a dino dig area there too, where you went into the sand to find the 'bones.' He found several and would have been content to find them all if his grandmother hadn't nixed the idea and told him to, 'come on now, it's time to go.' 😄 


Hello, Top Thrill Dragster that I love. It was nice to see you again. I missed you. :) There are some rides that just never get old. This is one of those for me. :)


Back at my mom's place, I was surprised to see my grandma's conch shell out on display. My mom took it when gram passed, and she guards it very carefully. It was like coming across an old friend, as it was for many of the things my mom still has that once belonged to my grandparents. There's such a wonderful familiarity to visiting home, even though so many things change.


I took my son to both of the churches I attended as a child. One that we went to every Sunday while I was growing up, the same one my daughter got sprinkled with water in, when she was a baby, and the one you see above, where I went to Vacation Bible School every summer. The latter church was my dad's. He passed before I was born (mom was 9 months along), so going there always made me feel connected to him somehow...I guess just knowing I was in a place he had been once upon a time too, was a sort of comfort to me back then.


And this picture, I am just putting in for good measure. My son isn't overly fond of Olive Garden (gasp!) but my mom loves it, so woohoo! I had someone to enjoy it with, and off we went to the restaurant!


Afterwards we drove to the water and walked along the shoreline. We got our photo opps in the big chair, and boy was it a big chair! If there's water and/or boats, it's a pretty safe bet I'm out there admiring the scene. No one in our party was complaining. ;)


For the most part I got to see everyTHING that I wanted to see, except the G.A. Boeckling. I know this big ferry is somewhere in the city, but I've never come across it while there. I'll have to make it a point to search more thoroughly the next time we go. I did not get to see everyONE though, that I wanted to see while we were there. I'm hoping to make up for that next time. Until next time, Sandusky...until next time.

47 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Such precious memories. Memories to rekindle, and memories to share.

Nabanita said...

This is so wonderful. I can’t wait to go back to the town I gree up in and take my daughter with me. Oh I loved this post.

1AlwaysNYC 1 said...

That's such a wonderful way to not only bond with your child but give him a sense of your history. He'll remember this as he grows up.

Sandee said...

And it's good your son sees where you came from. Those are precious memories for the both of you.

Your son is most handsome.

Have a terrific day and week. ♥

Joanna Davis said...

I can't even imagine how exciting it must be to visit your old home town, but with your children. I know how strange I feel when I return to my home town and go to my old school, which now looks so tiny compared to the images I have in my memories.

Patience Consistency said...

It must have been so nice to visit all these places with your child. The memories that came flooding back must have been amazing, I plan to one day take a trip with my son thats similar to this.

Binky said...

Sandusky has some very nice old architecture.

AiringMyLaundry said...

What a great town! I would love to do this with my kids but I'm a military kid, and moved around often. Plus I mostly lived in Europe, so it would be tricky!

Arnab Majumdar said...

These are some great memories to cherish. Pictures are awesome.

Susan Kane said...

OH, Rosie! What a trip home and down all your memories. You had a great childhood and great memories to share. Now your son has that connection he will someday share with his little ones.

You had me in tears at times. I just visited my home area, a farming community. I know what you mean about the library. Outside it is the same. But inside has changed. I miss that old book smell.

Pat Hatt said...

That is sure one big chair. Great you got to visit some of your old spots and share with him. He just wanted to prove he could do it under pressure, miss the easy shots and nail the good ones. I would never want to live near a jail because what happens if the criminal escapes? No thanks. One building for one grade? You must have had a ton of kids in grade 7.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - what delightful reminiscences and photos ... so glad you had a good time ... and were able to see lots. Excellent your son is loving his game ... good to know. The green covered house - yes I'd say it probably shouldn't be there - depends whether it attaches itself, or there's a grid it clamber up ... cheers Hilary

Beautiful Mind said...

I love nostalgia! You're trip sounds like a lot of fun for you and your son. I've lived in the same state my entire life. My sister even owns my old childhood home, so I don't get to experience the nostalgia of visiting childhood places as much

Nessy said...

The town you grew up in looks beautiful. I’m glad your sons gets to see the place of your childhood. 😊

passportofawanderwoman said...

Lovely post. I love visiting my old places in my city too whenever I visit. The house with the green foliage is beutiful, though the thought that it was a prison, makes me a little skeptical...haha

mdaisi said...

These look like sweet memories. Glad that you got to experience them with him. You both look so happy.

Monidipa said...

A trip to hometown always brings up so many of memories, it must have been an amazing trip for your kid too, to know where you lived, where you studied etc. All the pics are so great.

kumamon jeng said...

I know the feeling of visiting the hometown after many years away. Whats more you are visiting with your kid! I am sure you can tell him so many stories about your childhood.

The M.D. said...

Looks you you had a lot of fun and got to relive a lot of old memories. I'm glad you got to share that with your kids.

GiGi Eats said...

I'd love to visit my home town (where I was born) and show my husband and future son but at the same time, I really don't. It's way too bitter sweet for me.

Nancie said...

It looks like you all had a great time. I always enjoy visiting places from my childhood.

Myliferestyled said...

I honestly had no idea that Sandusky had this much culture buried within its borders! Way cool! I am from Annapolis and let me just tell you I die for a good historic city/ town. We honeymooned in Newport RI and it was awesome. I might have to add Sandusky to the list!

Natalie Loves Beauty said...

How nice you got to show your son your old stomping grounds. I spent so much time at the library growing up too.

jjmon2012 said...

Memories ..... some small towns never change and some larger one change a lot. From the pictures it looks like they have not torn down buildings. Sometimes when you go back it is old building old building and then a new building that does not fit.

Sounds like you had a good trip

Mary said...

Looks like so much to do there and much history. I hope to visit and especially Cedarpoint!

Scott Gombar said...

Looks like a lot of great memories being made.

Danielle said...

Such a beautiful area you grew up in! Must be so nice to go back home and be able to share it with your kids!

Hey Sharonoox said...

This is such a cool idea! It must be fun to walk back memory lane especially when you share that experience with your kids. Enjoy those moments!

Lyf&Spice said...

Wow.. the downtown is so neatly laid out. It must have been a really exciting experience. It's always good to go back to where you belong. Cheers!!

Maysz Adrias said...

I love nostalgia moments. Looks like a lot of good old days. then I love the place :)

rhea evangelista said...

this is what you called a walk in a memory lane :) I always feel nostalgic every time i read something like this, for sure you had a great childhood on your old school! Good to share your memories as well with your kid.

What Corinne Did said...

I always feel a bit of nostalgia when i go back home for the holiday. So much happened there, so many good memories!

Dalene Ekirapa said...

Your hometown is very pretty and there is actually so much to do there. I'm sure the kids had too much fun and yes, it always feels nice to be home after years of being away,right?

Catherine Santiago - Jose said...

Such a nice town and I am sure kids will be having so much fun in that place.

Rose Ann Sales said...

Such a beautiful place and I know how happy you reminiscing all your childhood memories, really a nice place to visit with my family.

WhyGiveOnline said...

What a beautiful pictorial of your hometown. Love the idea of Rock on the Dock! That sounds like a great way to spend a summer evening!

kristy b said...

This sounds like a great experience for you and your children. I bet they loved seeing where you grew up and hearing your childhood stories!

Elizabeth O said...

I love the idea of visiting your hometown. I bet it was so filled with nostalgia for you but a lovely feeling to share that with your child too!

my wee thoughts said...

Your photos are all stunning! Also, the kids are lovely! Hope I can visit their one day.

erica said...

This post has really made me think. There are so many awesome spots in Indianapolis that I either forgot about or haven't explored yet. Fall bucket list time! :)

Hannah Marie said...

What a great time to build memories with your son. The places look so beautiful and amazing!

Geraline Batarra said...

Very stunning and that place where you grew up is really beautiful. I am sure you are so happy to see it again and remembering your childhood.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I love that you took your son around to all of your childhood favorites. That's too bad the library isn't the same, but time does change many things. You're right about Cedar Point. We have never found any amusement park that compares to their rides. They have THE BEST coasters in the world. We didn't go this year, but Allison did. If she doesn't go once a year, she gets really upset.

Fibi Tong said...

This place look so much fun. Your kid look so happy and cute. Your photo are awesome

pradnya said...

I love visiting the place where I spent my formative years. Always brings back a lot of memories and I constantly keep comparing as to how much the place has changed and how much I have changed since I last visited.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

That is so nice that you two got to go home and also see your mom and visit different spots in town. The house covered up with all of those leaves looks scary and like who would live in a house like that. LOL. Looks like you both had a great time and i enjoyed looking at the photos.

alissa apel said...

That's great you got to go back to Ohio to visit. Grandparents are important to see. I love that you took him back to your favorite spots.