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  • This is The House. I've been coming here for at least a week every year since my grandparents bought The House as a summer home in the early 1980s. Over the last several years, this modest home in the Berkshire Mountains has become the center for my immediate family.

    On summer mornings, I like to wake up to the smell of the crisp mountain air coming through my open window, inviting me to the day. The fourth stair down still creaks with the same sound it’s made for the last twenty years. I walk barefoot onto the front lawn and feel the morning dew on my feet. I stare at the tall trees and imagine the wood fence that used to separate their world from ours. I watch the cars pass on West Street and remember hitting tennis balls over them with a yellow plastic bat. I think of nothing. I make my way toward the street to retrieve the morning papers.

    As I stand with my back to Tanglewood, I face The House and see it with my eyes while my mind plays tricks on me, playing an internal reel of the people who made this place what it is, and who have now passed beyond the reach of this quiet, peaceful section of green grass, old wood, and the willow tree struck by lightning. Awash in my fondest and darkest memories, I walk back to The House eager to see what new stories today has to offer.
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