"I lived in that house with my grandmother until I was married," Cantley continued. "I went back there last year. The house has been condemned and is being torn down. It's like the house couldn't continue with my grandmother gone."
Another reader, Chris Henry, shared memories of her childhood home:
"I grew up in Cleveland in the '50s and '60s. My backyard was large with a long, wide driveway perfect for skating and bicycle riding. There were probably a dozen kids on my street and our favorite place to play was an overgrown lot on the corner with a broken down crabapple tree that made a great playhouse. We played Tarzan and 'wild horses' and had crabapple wars with the boys.
"We played kickball in the street; learned to swim at the city pool; picked peaches from our neighbor's tree - and when the skinny, red-headed girl found a worm in hers, she screamed, 'Snake! Snake!' and threw down her peach. We teased her mercilessly."
Melissa Keller of Dunnsville, Va., wrote of growing up in Southern West Virginia, where she and her brothers and cousins would take picnic lunches packed by their moms and head off into the woods, along with their family dog, Major.
"It was not unusual for the boys to run off and leave us girls to find our own way, perhaps thinking maybe they'd get lucky and we would get lost. But we knew as long as we had ol' Major, we'd find our way home," wrote Keller.
Some days, Keller said she and the other kids would go into the woods to play house. "We would pick an area and sweep the dirt clean, then find rocks to section off rooms. Large rocks and boards were our furniture. Using jars they found in the cellar, the boys would round up stuff for the girls to can, like the pods from trees and bushes that looked like green beans and peas. We also made trips to the 'grocery store,' which was actually my Dad's workshop, to 'buy' other supplies.
"Children today have opportunities and technology that we never could've imagined," wrote Keller. "But I wouldn't trade my childhood memories for any of that."
And neither would I.