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Can you be homesick for a home you've never lived in? Or even seen in person?

Earlier today I opened up a link in an email, saw the article, and immediately got a little choked-up. The article, in The Spokesman-Review, is on my great-grandparents' Spokane home.

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It's nice to see photos, and read about how the homeowners -- the fifth owners to live in it since my great-grandmother's death -- have not made drastic changes to the "unique" house.

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It's great to know that there are people living in it who appreciate it.

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But my immediate reaction was to yearn for that house, the "comfortable family home," the house that my father calls "whimsical and personal." And I wish it hadn't been sold.

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This old-fashioned house is on a short list of places thought of, in a way, as "home" -- they include a rambling house in Carmel, and a piece of property in a small village in England (where, I learned upon visiting, our ancestral manor had burned down many years ago).

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Interesting the way the heart works, isn't it?

(The article, At Home in the Historic Webster House, is here.)

Images: Brian Plonka - The Spokesman-Review