Messages Left Behind in Old Homes

"Regina's room forever".

That's what I furtively scrawled on the wall in the back of my bedroom closet as my family was loading into the car to move away from my childhood home. To my 9-year-old self, it seemed such a poignant mark to leave. Now, it cracks me up.

Twenty-some years later, I've wondered if anyone ever found the small message in the back of the closet. I imagine if it was ever seen by new owners, it surely brought them a few laughs. But at the time, it was a last minute desperate act of leaving a little sign of myself behind.

Have you ever discovered or left a mark on an old home? Was it a message scribbled in a child's final moment of moving, or a family's recorded history of heights documents over years? Let us know in the comments below!

(Image: Flickr member mccready, licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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