Writer Reflects On Memories As His Grandmother's Paradise Valley House Is Razed
Saying goodbye to a beloved friend or relative is something we all do at some point in our lives. But doing the same with a house can reveal similar feelings — even if, in reality, it’s a bunch of walls that have acted as a shelter.
But memories of what went on — good and bad, laughter and tears — often bring a house to life. But what happens when that house is razed?
Tom Zoellner, a longtime Arizonan and current professor at Chapman University in California, writes about all of those things in his essay "At the End, There Will Be Strangers" as he looks back at his grandmother’s house in Paradise Valley — where she lived for 61 years. It was torn down in 2017.