July 24, 2014
The bowling alley
One of the things I don't want to forget about this house is the bowling alley.
This photo is taken from the doorway of our bedroom. Claire's room is at the very end of the hall and the boys' room is the second door on the right.
We nicknamed it "the bowling alley" because of the sounds we'd hear out there every morning, especially in the winter when the whole house was still dark. One or two of them would get out of bed and sprint down the hall to our room. The sound that they would make when they got out of bed reminded us of being at a bowling alley. They'd get a running start from their doorway and then would crash into our bedroom door to open it . . . rarely turning the knob. We'd hear a door creak and then, "BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM CRASH!"
The sound wasn't always welcome. Often we'd groan when we heard the creaking door and the foot steps winding up for the crash, but it's one of those things we've become so familiar with and one of those things I don't want to forget.