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Wake up call...
Somewhat ironically, I actually grew up about 2 1/2 miles from where I now live in Renton, Washington. We moved to the Earlington neighborhood in 1958 and it was the family home until we sold the place after Dad passed back in November of 1998. It was a challenge to let go.
Back in the day Renton was a small town with a population of about 12,000 or so. Our home was across the street from the “Little Woods” and west of that, down the alley behind the Shaw’s and a short zag on the path around the Hofmeister home, was the “Big Woods”. Many an adventure we had here as boys.
As I look back on occasion I can’t think of a better place to have grown up, even though in my teens and 20’s I’d think a lot about getting out of here. Then the years would pass as they do and when I returned from California after grad school in 84 it hit me. Where I came from was a pretty special place. 
The point in this little tale is kids and families. I was reminded of it the other day at one of our escrow branches. A young couple in ... more

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