Publisher Eric Harmon reflects on returning to his childhood home.
Remember the Alamo! How could I forget?
This month’s issue—”Your Dream Home”—was a lot of fun to create. We got to profile some really beautiful local homes in the Dayton region and we hope to offer some new ideas for you. The title itself, however, got me thinking about what “Your Dream Home” means here in Dayton.
After all, if home is where your heart is the same could be said about Dayton. Many living here now were also fortunate to grow up here. For myself, I spent my formative years in Houston. In Texas, if you didn’t get an “A” in Texas history in middle school it was as frowned upon as failing any other academic subject. It was an experience that I recall fondly.
I had the pleasure of going back a couple of years ago. It had been at least a couple of decades. I went back to see my home that I grew up in and, needless to say, it was what could be called a weird experience. Picture me taking a photo of the house from the street and the current owner then coming outside thinking I was casing the establishment even after I introduced myself and told him my story. I had to leave urgently, sensing the rack and the corresponding rifle it held on the back of his truck was something that was there for ease of use. A quote by Sam Ewing could apply: “When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood.” No doubt my tale didn’t leave me much choice.
Moving into present day, and the future, we have the opportunity here in Dayton to create our Dream Home. This might perhaps be the easiest, the one still left for us to forge for ourselves, our families, and for future generations. All the raw materials are here for us; we are all carpenters in the communities we serve.
— Eric Harmon