Tree blossoms near Dad's childhood home in Tacoma © kjm
When I was in Seattle about a year ago, I made a trip to see my dad's childhood home in Tacoma. I was sorry to find it boarded up, with a notice from the city on the door and signs of a recent fire in the attack. As a consolation, there was an old rose bush in the front yard, that I imagine could have been living 60 years ago, and a surprisingly dramatic view of Mt. Rainer. While in Seattle last week, I made an early morning trip again, buoyed by the fact that a Google map view had showed the house with a fresh coat of paint and signs of t.l.c.