: The Wonders of Modern Technology & An Ideal Childhood!

The Wonders of Modern Technology & An Ideal Childhood!

The Wonders of Modern Technology & The Ideal Childhood

Through the wonders of modern technology and the popularity of social media outlets, I've been reacquainted with many childhood friends and joined my fellow classmates from the Watchung Hills Regional High School Class of '71 in great anticipation of our 40th Reunion next year.

Imagine my surprise when I heard from a classmate that my home was on the market!  Exploring the pictures brought back so many memories.  It was an ideal childhood, how could it not be?  It's 21 Ideal Street (seriously) in Meyersville, NJ mailing address Gillette.

.21 Ideal Street - Listed by Dana Dang (973) 698-1004 .
21 Ideal Street For Sale 2010
It's gotten bigger over the years, when we moved there in the late 50's it was a 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow on an acre.  Subdividing the lot, my sister was able to build a home in the 70's. 

Although it was transformed periodically over the years, for the most part it was a typical 3 bedroom 1 bath house after the first remodel.  It was home to me, my sister and Mom and Dad, and a menagerie of rabbits, cats and dogs.  I had to board my horses up the street.  

Over the years, Grandpa lived there with us after my Grandmother died, my sister and her family called it home too while they were building their house next door.  Think about it, when my sister was building their home there were 6 or 7 people in that house, and yes still one bath!
.21 Ideal Street circa 1966.
21 Ideal Street, circa 1966
(I say '66 because that's our 64 Dodge Polara convertible in the driveway!)

When we moved in there was no private telephone service, you had to pick up the receiver and talk to the operator who lived on Meyersville Road to be connected to your call.  If you mailed me a letter, I'd be RD#2, Gillette, NJ (way before zip codes) and street addresses were optional.  

From a farm up the street, our eggs were delivered on Friday to the back door, and we lived across the street from the milkman.  When we ever ran out, we'd just go into his large walk-in refrigerator attached to his garage and take what we needed, leaving a note so it would be included on our bill.  He stopped delivering milk to us, and told us to keep track and pay at the end of the month.  Obliviously, it was a far simpler time!

I only hope that whoever purchases 21 Ideal Street builds the kind of memories I have!

Comment balloon 10 commentsLaura Giannotta • September 21 2010 05:03AM



Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 8 years ago

It sound like an "ideal place" to call home !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

Great part is, you will always have those memories of your home on Ideal Street................sounds like it was the "ideal" place to grow up................love the sentiment Laura.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Laura, I remember the milkman, and a party line phone service...it was a simpler time in America.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 8 years ago

Laura....Were you a neighbor of mine?  You alsmost described my early childhood.   Thanks for the walk!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 8 years ago


I remember the ice box, the milk man, the record player and more...

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 8 years ago

How cool it must have been to see your home as it is now compared to how it looked when you lived there. Ahh, the memories of a simpler time.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Ahhh!  Remember when?  These are notations for the history books for sure.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Laura - Thanks for sharing your memories with us.  If I close my eyes, I can almost smell the simple life....Things sure have changed.

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 8 years ago

Laura, Ideal Street?  That is so mid-century!  And the 1-bathroom resonated.  I am the oldest of six, and we had one bath.  And the bathroom was where I practiced my flute, to the extreme consternation of my younger siblings who've resented it for years!  Love your memoire!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago