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The Daily Prompt – April 8 – It’s in the Walls


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The Prompt:

You are renovating your house, and you’ve started to tear out walls, when you discover…

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

3 comments on “The Daily Prompt – April 8 – It’s in the Walls

  1. Robert Long
    April 8, 2014

    You tear out the drywall and a large combination of sponges, crumpled up paper, and dirt comes out and leaves a like at your feet.

    Great. Just where you wanted to add a coue feet to your kid’s bedroom-to-be-home-theatre, a mess of crap appears in front of you.

    And for what reason? Was it insulation? Or just a collection of things people who used to own the house put in there for some obscure reason a number of years ago? That would explain why you didn’t know anything about it.

    You sigh and get a few buckets, and a shovel from the garage. Then you start shoveling out the bizarre things in your wall….

  2. Lysa Taylor
    April 8, 2014

    We met with the Hawthorne family before moving into the house across the street from an abandoned train station. Their description of the two-story beauty was laced with deep emotion and a tinge of sorrow.

    “This is where we all grew up. We wanted our children to inherit the home, but the mortgage was too high for us. Please enjoy this home and the surrounding neighborhood as much as we did.”

    My husband and I felt a sense of guilt from purchasing their family treasure they had no intention of parting with. Still, we loved the house and we were excited to raise our future children inside of its cozy interior.

    Half a year passed before we decided to renovate the basement. The hubs wanted a man-cave since I had taken over the second floor (he wasn’t too fond of the rabbit-themed bathroom or the hot pink computer room). I didn’t know much about wall structures, but I watched my husband and his friends intently to learn a few things as they tore down walls leading to a dusty room.

    “Hey, guys. There’s something over here.” One of my husband’s friends tapped on a wall covered in duct tape on the other side of the basement. “It sounds hollow. Let’s tear this one down.”

    The men stripped off the duct tape revealing a slender passageway into another room. “Why did the Hawthorne’s seal this room like this?” We opened the makeshift door and a cloud of dust nearly choked us for about thirty seconds. When the dust cleared, we found a room full of old toys. There was a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots toy sitting on a circular, glass table and a bin full of Cabbage Patch Kids that made my heart soar.

    “Whoa, I remember playing with this when I was a kid!” my husband exclaimed while his buddies looked through the hidden treasure trove we discovered. “The Hawthorne kids really did grow up in this house. Some of these toys are older than my wife!”

    While I watched my husband and his friends act like kids in a toy store, I wondered why the Hawthorne’s hid these old toys. Did they think we wouldn’t take off the duct tape? Or, did they want us to discover the joy of their childhoods hidden within the walls of the home they loved?

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