I’ve got two of the three elements this week: photo of the doorway of a particular house number; what’s missing, though, is the element of a relatively high body mass index...
...here I am on the front porch of
11 Fletcher Street
in . Portland, Maine
My family moved from
the early 1950s. My parents bought this lovely old federal on Portland Fletcher Street for
something like $12,000; its market value today would knock my socks off.
I could see the water from my bedroom window; I remember lying in bed, listening to my radio and watching fishing boats and the occasional tanker navigate the harbor. Later on, my parents gave me a window sill shelf-feeder, and I filled it with birdseed every morning before school...and watched birds at my window – inches away from me – sparrows and pigeons, mostly, but it was pretty magical!
I have no idea what I’m holding in my hands – I’ve blown this photo up, magnified it, used every technical alteration Picasa can offer, but I still can’t figure it out. But whatever it is, I’m clearly pleased about it; a small smile...
I’ve got my school clothes on: my wool skirt, little sweater top; the ribbons on my braids may or may not match the color of my underwear (I apparently picked ribbons that coordinated not with my outer clothing, but with my inner clothing – a habit that baffled my mother for a very long time!). I’ve got my sturdy brown leather shoes and striped socks...I still like striped socks, by the way.
Like so many Federals (and Greek Revivals), the house on Fletcher Street had a heavy frame-and-panel Christian door, sometimes called a Cross & Bible door here in New England – the framing on the top four panels in the shape of a cross, on the lower two the spine of an open book.
That gorgeous brass door knocker looks ridiculously high on this door; it’s positioned for one of Gulliver’s Brobdingnagians, while the mail slot is clearly for a Lilliputian. That knocker has followed my family around for four generations; I am of the fifth to own it...
...so if you’re ever in
, knock on my door and come in! Maine
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