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.