A shotgun house was the first house I remember living in with my family. It was a quiet neighborhood, for the most part. We did have a club (hole in the wall) on the far corner. But living around one of them forty years ago was much different than living around one now; the music only got loud on the weekends. Our neighbors to the left was a sweet old lady and her husband. To the right was a house full of boys, giants and Jehovah-Witness with their mother and father and auntie…some of the sweetest people I met while growing up. The house was located on 15 street. I am not sure if it has a name or a title other than 15 street. A shotgun house was long and you could see from the front door to the back…meaning all through the house. I am not sure if my mother was renting or what, but she got a chance to purchase a much larger house on the corner in the West End. The West End, in those days, was one of the best places to live for a middle class family, which we were not. My mother was a single parent raising five children, and most of the families in the West End were two parent homes or had an established career. My mother had neither. My God-father (the late W. H. L. Holmes) owned a house and offered to sell it to my mother for a very reasonable price. So we moved to the West End. It was a three story house with a large back yard and three entrance/exits. I even got my own room, eventually!!! I was in the fourth grade when this happened and had to enroll in Steven Foster Elementary School. Because the house was on a corner lot, the only neighbor was a lady that my mother already knew and was friends with, supposedly! My mother was the only single woman on the block, which was not good as she was built like a “brickhouse-36-24-36.” While living in this house had its advantages, it also had (my own room, bigger back yard with a pool and we owned it) it’s disadvantages (a yard to clean and more housework). It was a great transition for me to leave everything and start a new adventure!
REMEMBER, THIS WAS OVER THIRTY YEARS AGO!!! I VISIT THE HOUSE LIKE AN OLD FRIEND.