The other day, Zoom wrote about how she had invented a number of things – most during her childhood, and many of the things had already been invented, even though she didn’t know it at the time. You can read her post here. I think it’s adorable that she invented the snorkel.
At the end of her post she asked what other people had invented. I have an invention that I really believe in, but it is completely unmarketable so I am willing to share it here. I think it would be impossible to make money from this idea, because it would be a bit like inventing an address book or a notebook. If you can think of a way to make money off of this idea, well more power to you, and I hope you will at least remember me one day.
My idea is called The House Log. Or something more catchy. I was trying to think of a way to combine “The House Log” with the term “Log House“, but nothing was working, and then Tony, while editing this post for me, had no idea what I was trying to say, and then I got kind of mad and so that is why I’m not in marketing.
Anyway, The House Log is a very simple idea, but here it is: every house should have a Log Book that stays with that house. The house owners would record what went on in that house during the time that they lived there. Births, weddings, deaths, and possibly major news events that took place. Wouldn’t you love to know this type of history of your home?
My own house was built in approximately 1939 by David Younghusband, a prominent Ottawa builder at the time. I know the history of my house going back about twenty-five years because I am lucky that my next-door neighbour has lived here that long. But I would just love to know who originally owned this house, and then who else lived here over the years. I try to picture a house full of kids in this tiny home with no closet space. I like to imagine it full of laughter. I wonder if adventurous boys jumped down from the second floor over the much too short wall to the stairs and ground floor below. I would like to see pictures of what the original kitchen looked like. Considering my house was built right at the start of World War II, did a young husband or son go off to war? Whatever happened to all of the folks who lived here? The walls can’t talk, and that is why we need a House log.
When we did some major renovations on our house a few years ago, we took down the lath and plaster walls on the ground floor, and within those walls we found some nudie pictures from magazines of the day, which were very tame by today’s standards. Whenever we formally put together our house log, those pictures will need to be a part of it. We will also include the before and after pictures from our renovation, and maybe some pictures of us, both before and after the kids arrived.
When it comes to the house I grew up in, my parents were the original owners of that house, which they bought in the late 1960s. My Mom still lives there (Hi Mom!) and I would love to put together a book about that house. That house means more to me than I could ever coherently express here; it will always be my home, and I cannot imagine anyone else living there. But one day they will, and I would like them to know who we were, even if just a little bit.
So what do you think? If we can spread this idea through word of mouth, then every house could have a log.