The Suitcase Lady


June 15, 2021, 9:22 pm

Do you like your address?

I’m not referring to fondness for your home, but rather to that unique combination of numbers and words that mark your unique spot on the planet.

Not having a particularly good relationship with numbers, I consider myself lucky to have had three words in our first home’s address and also three in our current one. Honey Creek Drive and Lake Shore Road both leave no doubt that we love to live near water.

Liking my own address does not preclude noting other street names near to us that I wouldn’t mind having as my return address. Playbird Road conjures up images of happy, fluttering birds, while Grandpa Road must be filled with happy memories.

Our daughter lives on Clove Drive in Madison and the streets around her home are well seasoned. You can cruise down Basil Drive, Sage Circle and Chive Court.

Our son, on the other hand, used to be surrounded by gems and minerals when he lived on Felspar Street in Pacific Beach, California. Note that those city fathers spelled both feldspar and hornblende incorrectly. Here are the neighborhood gem streets in order: Agate, Turquoise, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Opal, Beryl, Chalcedony, Diamond, Emerald, Felspar, Garnet and Hornblend. If I could afford to live there, Turquoise would be my pick.

I recently drove past Zuzax Road on the outskirts of Albuquerque. This certainly would be a very zippy address. I also encountered Butter and Eggs Road, Pancake Boulevard and Sugar Street in Kansas. I’m guessing these might be addresses a foodie might crave.

We have a friend of many years whose house is on an extremely short street. Her town actually let her pick the name of the street. Most of us don’t get this option. What a delight it must have been for her little boy named Russell to grow up on Russell Court.

Post Script….I thought this blog was finished and ready to be posted tonight. But today I had a program for kids at a summer school two-thirds across the state from our home. And on my three-hour drive to get there, I spotted an unusual street sign in a tiny, tiny rural town. I was intrigued and checked it out further on my way home. This is what I found!

2 Comments for this entry

  • Julilly W Kohler

    But only you, Sharp Eyed Mary, would have glimpsed that -and then remembered to have gone back and ascertainrd its true existence.
    Thank you!

  • Elizabeth Levins

    Our mutual friend Claire Pfleger used to live on Clair Ct. Spelled differently, but…

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