One of the most influential people in Grandfather’s life as he was growing up was his maternal grandfather, Mr. James F. Miller.
He lived for many years in an elegant old home in Saginaw, Michigan; a relic from the days when Michigan’s virgin timber was harvested and the people who owned it were building impressive homes for themselves.
Among other things, it had massive oak woodwork which influenced Grandfather’s woodworking taste for the rest of his life. And it had golden stained glass bullseye windows in the front hall.
When Mr. Miller grew too old to remain at home (more about that later) the neighborhood was deteriorating and the house stood vacant; a target for vandalism and liability exposure.
Mr. Miller’s attorneys authorized Grandfather to take what he could salvage from the house. After that it was torn down, but the bullseye windows survived and are now installed in a farmhouse Grandfather’s son and his wife restored, modernized, and expanded:
Why did Mr. Miller have to leave his house in his old age? Because all of the entrances to the house were by way of long flights of steps. His inability to navigate steps; that’s all it took to run him out.
So Grandfather remembered that when he built the house he’s lived in for forty years, now.
It has three entrances, all on grade – no steps.
So Grandfather happily (in a manner of speaking) trundles his firewood into the house in a little cart, and continues to do everything else “flatwise” too.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family