Naming One’s House

27 Mar

Maybe it’s never been brought up in a blog before, but the house in which I live is named Hickory Shade.

The naming of a house is incredibly important to me. We endow a house with a name, a title, a meaning that transcends the wood and stone used to build it. A house with no name is simply just another building out there, faceless and soulless. But to give a house a name implies that it means something, that it is more than just the dwelling of the people who live there.

Our culture sees us overlooking small, interesting things that should make us smile and enjoy life more all the time. We can’t do a whole lot about it, to tell the truth- it’s just built into our worldview to not notice things.

So that being said, I wanted to establish a legacy, a legend, an identity, a history for my house. This is part of the myth-making meme in humans. Give something a story, and then suddenly it means something.

Which is more important: the rock that you found on the side of the road, or the rock in the shape of a moon that your grandfather found the same night that he met your grandmother and that stayed on their mantel their entire marriage?

My house sits beneath a pecan tree. A pecan tree, as I learned, is a kind of hickory tree. Thus, as the house sits in the shade of a hickory tree, it is known as Hickory Shade.

But even I forget sometimes that the house has its own name, is its own entity, and that whoever might inherit it after we’re long gone, too, will inherit the legacy of Hickory Shade.

Maybe a new legacy of cooking and good food can unfold now. Let’s hope so.





Posted by on March 27, 2011 in non-food


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5 responses to “Naming One’s House

  1. Gigi

    March 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

    It also has hickory trees ahem a tree out by the road; tornado destroyed its twin not so long after we moved here.

    • enamouredslave

      April 1, 2011 at 2:39 am

      Wow, are you serious? I had no idea about that.

  2. Gigi

    March 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

    This post did not come up like usual. I had to go to the sidebar and scroll to see if there was something listed that I had not read and saw it there….

  3. Gigi

    March 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    BTW, got a message on my new l.t. that I was trying to post messages on your blog too quickly. And to “Slow Down”…Hello…….As my name is Gigi, sure did….

    • enamouredslave

      March 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Most likely, WordPress may have thought you were trying to post spam, so it sent a warning.


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