24 BELMONT STREET

In 1946 we were living in Worcester and I was managing a fur business. My income was about $7,000 a year. Mom and I were very happy in our small mortgaged home. Grandpa took a shock at this time. Dr. Beale advised me that day that Grandpa would probably not be able to work again the rest of his life, and, further, if he lost his business, it could kill him.
— My Father - Letter to My Daughters
Probably taken at Sears Roebuck.

Probably taken at Sears Roebuck.

In 1946, I was 3 years old and starved for attention. Our home in Worcester, Massachusetts was on a dead end of a sparsely populated street. There were no children my age and I was lonely.

I was always Daddy’s Girl. I waited patiently for Daddy to come home every night. I was devastated when my grandfather got sick and my Daddy didn’t always come home at night.

My sister Linda was born in 1946 and got all my mother’s attention. I was stuck with my grandmother, who shared my room. My father and my grandmother had a very uneasy relationship so my grandmother hung out in our room when my father was home. When my father was gone more, my grandmother ruled the roost. My mother withdrew. I remember being so sad.

Sought after location. Expandable Cape Cod with an unfinished second floor, large yard, and full basement. Gas home; Recent roof, updated heat, electric and windows. Built 1947. 2 bed 1 bath 720 square feet. Real Estate Taxes $3,420. Zillow November 14, 2018

Sought after location. Expandable Cape Cod with an unfinished second floor, large yard, and full basement. Gas home; Recent roof, updated heat, electric and windows. Built 1947. 2 bed 1 bath 720 square feet. Real Estate Taxes $3,420. Zillow November 14, 2018

In 1947, we moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. My father’s business was in Hyde Park, a section of Boston, on the south side, closest to Weymouth.

Our family was the first family to live at 24 Belmont Street, a community of starter homes in the “Levittown Tradition”, i.e. mass-produced, affordable housing for Veterans returning from World War II.

My father was not a Veteran. He enlisted in the army but flunked the physical, due to an old football injury.

I loved living at 24 Belmont Street. All the homes had children or so it seemed. I made a best friend. JoAnn Lorden lived at 57 Belmont Street, with her parents Florence and Johnny and baby brother little John.

Our house was just big enough for my father, my mother, my sister Donna and I. I think my father planned it so there would not be room for my grandmother. My grandmother went back to her old jobs doing resort work in Florida during the winter and the lakes north of Toronto in the summer.

My grandmother would stay in the unfinished attic when she came to visit between seasons. There was a big old bed in the middle of the attic and a space heater for chilly mornings. My grandmother would sit in her bed, knit and drink tea that she made with an immersion heater on the cardboard box table next to her bed.

Sometimes I would come up to her room and drink tea. She taught me how to knit.

Unfinished attic at 24 Belmont, Weymouth, Massachusetts. Zillow November 2018

Unfinished attic at 24 Belmont, Weymouth, Massachusetts. Zillow November 2018

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Unfinished basement at 24 Belmont Street, Weymouth, Massachusetts. Zillow November 2018

Unfinished basement at 24 Belmont Street, Weymouth, Massachusetts. Zillow November 2018

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