Parting Shot

I’ve been taking a tough, touching trip down memory lane.

Here’s my parting shot of a by-the-Jersey-shore bungalow that will be forever etched in my psyche. Lots of love, laughter and boisterous family gatherings within the walls of this modest home in Marven Gardens, the yellow property of Monopoly board fame.

Inside this brick home lived my foundation and last connection to my mother who left this world too early; my aunt and uncle who got married in 1952, live from New York, on the CBS-TV network show, “Bride and Groom.” These Atlantic City locals – beloved by family and everyone they met – celebrated 68 years of marriage in 2020 before my uncle died, may his memory be a blessing.

I am so thankful for the dusty boxes filled with photos, family history and other memorabilia that my cousin and I discovered in the collections his parents accumulated over a lifetime. Our stories are what connect us to our past, present and future.

While it’s heartbreaking to see my dear aunt in decline, I do know this kindhearted, extraordinary woman would be the first to wish the new homeowners only the best as they create their own memories in this space.

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