Gretchen Rubin

A Happy Memory: the “Stripey House” of Kansas City.

A Happy Memory: the “Stripey House” of Kansas City.

Gosh, I don't remember much of my life. I constantly work on keeping mementos and photographs, because it seems like other people are so much better at remembering the past than I am. And I love to remember the past.

And it's funny what I remember -- the weirdest, most random moments and thoughts.

Some memories stick in my mind from sheer repetition, and for some reason, while I was walking home from the subway today, I was hit by the memory of the beloved "Stripey House."

In Kansas City, there's a mall called Ward Parkway where we often use to go, and on the way home, we'd pass the "Stripey House." We didn't know anything about it -- who lived there, why they'd decided to paint their house in pastel stripes like a pack of FruitStripe Gum.

And we loved it -- my sister Elizabeth and I always looked for it, and called out "Stripey House!" as we passed by.

Remembering that funny house brought back happy memories, of all those car trips to the mall with my sister and mother (not my father; my father avoids the mall whenever possible).

I was just back at Ward Parkway at Christmastime, but alas, the Stripey House is not longer stripey.

When I was very young, I vowed that when I grew up, I would paint my house purple. Living in an apartment building has excused me from that vow so far -- but one day, I hope that I'll keep it -- or maybe I'll take it up a notch, and go for stripes.

Especially now that I'm obsessed with color, I'm enchanted by the idea of painting a house a really striking shade(s).

Do you have a funny memory like that, from childhood? Something that you always looked for, with delight?

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