Addressing the Issue of Addresses #JusJoJan

Today it’s my turn to supply the prompt for Just Jot It January, Linda Hill’s blogfest for the first month of a new year. The word I chose is

ADDRESS

I have no idea why I chose “address”; I guess I did it in a stream-of-consciousness moment. It’s an interesting words, both a noun and a verb, which I guess makes it a “nerb” or a “voun.”

I thought back over my life, and I’ve lived at ten different places, ten different addresses. Two of them were temporary, one being with my grandparents in the early Sixties, the other being the various dorms I lived in at Loyola, so I’m not sure they count. I’ve had the same address for the last thirty years. Mary has only ever had two: where she grew up and where we lived for almost ten years after we got married and the address here.

Mary’s mother had just one address for her entire 84 years on earth. The Chicago Tribune ran an article on her birthday in 2000, right after the census was taken. Evidently, she had been on every census fromn 1920 through 2000. I remember she didn’t like the way the article made her seem bitter; she had seen so much change in her life, she was being matter-of-fact. She passed away later that year, sadly.

The thought came to me that you never think of your house’s address. You know what it is, and you give it out all the time, but it’s always just “my house.” Or, better, “Our House.”

Just noticed the number of Gumby-like characters in that video. They must be big Monty Python fans.

17 thoughts on “Addressing the Issue of Addresses #JusJoJan

    1. Sure! Back then, you were planted and rarely uprooted yourself, so she wasn’t the only one about whom they could have written the article. It’s becoming more rare, though.

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  1. It’s a good word, John. Thanks for adding it. I was getting a little depressed with the words (humiliate, aggravate, revolt, ultimatum). I guess as a writer those words are good starting points but I had problems with some of them.

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    1. This was a difficult year as far as prompts were concerned. Good writing prompts, yes; good blogging prompts, maybe not so much. I should have done what you and Joey did and written about whatever I wanted on those days. I think many people had problems with those.

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    1. Hit post too soon. I’ve had 5 addresses in my 53 years. Not a lot for sure.

      84 years in one place is amazing. Shame on the person who made your mother in law seem bitter in the article.

      My dad was born in 1916 too. Their life experiences cannot compare to ours. The technology shift alone. Mind bending.

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      1. My in-laws were a riot. They didn’t have a color TV until the 1990’s, and found that the color hurt their eyes, so they shut the color off. The whole digital television thing, and the Internet and everything would blow their minds. At the same time, everyone in their family worked in the stockyards, and that blows my mind.

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  2. Imagine what changes in 84 years. Good mercy. A whole new world in her time.
    The woman who sold us this house had grown up here, as had her mother, who returned here at the end of her life… but neither lived here the entire time.

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    1. Mary and I discussed the possibility of her moving here with us, and I mentioned it to my mom, who said, “forget it, she’ll never move.” I never heard her complain about the neighborhood or the neighbors. She kept to herself, and everyone respected that.

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