Out in the country

Out in the country

5606 Swan Creek Road, Saginaw, Michigan
5606 Swan Creek Road, Saginaw, Michigan

From my dad’s personal history:
“In the spring of 1955 we moved [from 707 Michigan Avenue] to 5606 Swan Creek Road, which was a few miles out in the country.  The rent was cheaper, and we thought we’d like to be out away from the city.”

5606 Swan Creek Road - August, 2010
5606 Swan Creek Road - August, 2010

The little house has aged well - August 2010
The little house has aged well - August 2010

It’s a small, white, cement block house sitting on a large lot.  Even today, 55 years after we lived there it is still “out in the country,” and it almost looks like time has stopped.   The surrounding trees that have grown and matured and the new[er] model car in the driveway are the only outward indications that many years have passed.  To the curious passerby, the house looks very much the same today as it did when we lived there when I was a year old.

Having been raised on a farm in North Ogden, Utah, I am quite certain that Dad loved living in the wide open space out of town.  But as I look at these pictures,  I wonder if Mom loved living out there, or if it was a huge inconvenience.  The surroundings were green and peaceful with no background noise from neighbors or traffic.  I could see plenty of room for rowdy preschoolers to run around.  And surely the pace of life was slower and more relaxed out there.  But my mom has always been a city girl, and maybe she missed the noise and activity of a downtown neighborhood. Maybe she worried about her three little children running out to the road.  Maybe she hated having to drive 5 or 6 miles to the grocery store.  Or maybe it was a toss up . . .

Yvonne - Lynnette - David
Yvonne - Lynnette - David - Fall 1955

Those three little children on the front porch look perfectly happy with their country home.  (But why do I have on a snowsuit and my siblings are just in short sleeves?)  Because I have no memory of our time there, I can simply wonder and imagine about that year.  I picture it as cozy, comfortable, and a great place to chase after a young family.  And I hope my mom did too!

Lynnette - 18 months old
Lynnette - 18 months old

One thought on “Out in the country

  1. I’m guessing you were wearing a snowsuit because you’ve alwasy been very fashion forward! 🙂 Maybe you were anticipating a big storm or maybe it was colder than it looks and David and Yvonne didn’t listen to mom when she told them to put a coat on! Either way it’s a really cute picture!

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