, Newburyport, MA


April 21, 2014

Fond memories of 17 Ship St.


Aunt Laura was the kindest, most loving aunt one could have. She would take great joy and laughed whenever telling my friends of how I helped her bake a cake when I was a tot.

She promised I could help do some of the frosting and had it cooling on a rack when the phone rang. She returned, only to find that I had crawled up in a chair and had cut the corners off the square cake with a rubber spatula. She asked why I had done this and I said, “because it’s suppose to be round!”

I will always have great memories of 17 Ship St. and the people who made it a special home. As the story goes, Aunt Laura chased me off that classical, winding Captain’s Staircase that led to the upstairs many times. She lived there for many years up until her 90s, when she could no longer fend for herself or the house.

I sincerely hope that if it cannot be saved, that some of the historical artifacts of that home can be passed on to others to preserve and enjoy. If not, I still have those early days spent on Ship Street etched in my memory forever, and as the immortal “Chairman of the Board” sang, “You Can’t Take That Away From Me!”


Tim Fowler lives in Newbury.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Broken Water Main Floods UCLA "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH)
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans