Who says you can’t go home? Who says you can’t go back? Sounds like lyrics to a Bon Jovi song. I grew up in a city of 75,000 in Eastern Pennsylvania. I graduated high school, left my hometown for college, got on with my life and never looked back. I did not attend class reunions* or stay in touch with anyone. Bethlehem was my past, my childhood.

Well, earlier this month I went home. I wanted to show my husband where I grew up. The two houses where my family lived were torn down to make room for an office park. It was sad to see no visible signs of the old neighborhood of 11 homes that once were. The field where the neighborhood kids played baseball, where I learned to swing a bat and catch a ball, the streets where I rode my bicycle, played tennis and trick-or-treated….all gone. My church and schools are still standing so there were places to see.

The first stop was my elementary school where I spent 8 years taught by nuns who didn’t like little kids. I walked into my old school and into my first grade classroom…room 101. It hasn’t changed much after all these years and even the original tile floors are still there. Then we walked across the courtyard to the church where my family attended Mass every Sunday and Holy Days, where my brothers and I received First Communion, Confirmation and finally 8th Grade Graduation. I lighted candles for my parents and said a prayer. Then I strolled downstairs to the church basement where my brown bag lunches were consumed during those eight long years. It brought back a memory of the day in 4th grade when my best friend, Barbara made me laugh so hard that milk came out of my nose. Sorry for the yuk!

Along the route to my high school, we stopped at Monocacy Creek Park where people picnic and feed the ducks. It’s a neat old park built at Illicks Mill by the WPA in 1937, with beautiful brownstone pavilions and the site of my 6th grade picnic. The rushing waterfall looked much bigger at age 11.

We drove to my high school. The place still looks the same, a six-year old building when I attended and now slightly weathered. What were fields of earth and rocks surrounding the campus are now practice fields for softball, baseball, soccer, football and the marching band. Then came the one place I had to visit, the local football stadium where I marched at halftime as a majorette during three of my high school years and loved every minute of it. The stadium was also built by the WPA with steel from the local mill.

It was a nice trip down memory lane topped off with a visit to childhood friends, Mary & Peggy, sisters who lived across the street from us. We share many childhood memories having lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same schools, making it a very special reunion. Bon Jovi is right. You can go back!

*One year after this posting, I attended my 40th High School Reunion which I wrote about here.

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Wilton Decorating Tip #2  

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  1. Lovely cookies and a sweet post. Sorry about your home being gone but it was nice that you were able to see your old schools.

  2. I love these cookies, they look so perfect and I love the colors. Pinning and sharing on facebook.
    Thank you for joining us at our Social Sunday.
    I did the same trip several years ago, I think it's a bitter/sweet trip to make.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    1. Hi Wanda, Thank you! I think polka dot cookies are my favorite to decorate. Thanks much for pinning and sharing this post. I enjoyed participating in Social Sunday and thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you. I'm a softie for anything with polka dots.


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