The "Waldersee" sign was hanging over the gate that came down the barnyard
first. While I was growing up, it was mostly hanging in the garage and the
yearly car licenses grew in rows below it. The garage's south wall was
distended outward from the bottom somewhat-- various of us had urged it that
way, but Aunt Dodi did the best job of it once. Mom was very understanding
about hitting the garage door-- she had evidently put out the barn wall once
when she was learning to drive. She was one of the first girls in Sheridan
to learn to drive in her early teend, and she sailed into that middle
section of the bard and went right on through!
I have another memory about that old garage-- one time Dodi and I got into
trouble for something and decided to scramble to the top of the rafters in
the garage for safety. Dumb move. Mom pulled me off the car as I was
clambering up (Oh, I remember, we were wading in the duck pond just about
where the Muldoons had their chickens penned), and I had a whacking right
there. But that gave Dodi time for a getaway, and she made it to the
bathroom and locked herself in. The bathroom was a little slit of a room
located just about where the west porch off the kitchen window is. She had
done such a great job of locking herself in that she couldn't push the
catch and let herself out again-- much wailing and importuning later, Daddy
finally put the ladder up the the window and rescued the little darling.
They were all so relieved that she never did ger HER spanking.