Lifes simple pleasures (story)
There have been a few changes in our family lately and with that in mind here are a few things my family may not know about our family.
We grew up as children and our first few years were in Kinzua Pa, the town where the Kinzua Dam now sits. We were the first family to sell our home to the goverment and move out. I don't know if it was a decision my parents wanted to make but they knew it was going to happen so why fight it. Our lives were peaceful and family was all within yelling distance. It remined me of Shangrala. Maybe that is why I liked that movie so well
My Uncle Mark and Aunt Sally lived in the house my Grandfather built in Kinzua with the help of my dad. I think this is where my dad learned "not"to like building. When you work with repurposed wood its harder and dad was on 17 and wanted to be out having fun.
My Uncle Chann Ellberg rode his motorcycle up the sidewalks of Kinzua and scared everyone to death. He had a unique sense of humor and I see that in other members of my family.
My family from my grandmothers side owned Jinks Hotel in Kinzua. It was a lively place. It was the place my parents had there wedding night party on Christmas night after they were married. It was not their plan but relatives decided to storm their home and take them out for the evening. more family humor. But my dad knew they would do this so they were sitting up playing monopoly when the house was raided. Rule # 2 - never try to outsmart a Grant.
We were blessed to move to an amazing road just out of a small town. When we moved there. there were only 5 houses on the road and mom and dad said rush hour was when the mail was delivered.
The house will soon be in our family for three generations and over 60 years. I hope they have as much fun and adventure as we did growing up there.
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