The furnace was in the living room.

I knew my grandparents home was old, but I didn’t realize how out of date it was. I wanted to visit my grandparent’s home before they sold it. They were now in their nineties, and they wanted to go into a home for the aging. They looked like they were in their seventies, but they needed special medical attention, and they could get that in the assisted living home. When we walked into the house to pack it up, I was shocked to see the furnace in the living room. My mom told me that was the only source of heat they had when they were growing up. The furnace had a large grate right above it, which how they got heat into the upstairs bedrooms. There were no doors on the rooms, except the bathroom. Dad said the only reason they had a door on the bathroom, was because he installed the bathroom for them. Until then, they had an outhouse in the backyard. I couldn’t believe my grandparents were that old, to not have had indoor plumbing. I was still amazed to see the old furnace in the living room, but it had a grand look about it. I couldn’t only imagine coming downstairs in the morning, and having the glowing light of the fire coming through those grates. It must of looked like a giant black pumpkin face. I moved away from the furnace, hoping I never saw it with a fire inside. When the house sold, I asked my mom if grandpa would mind if I bought the stove. I thought it would look amazing in my basement, and it would serve as an alternate source of heat.


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