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My idea of necessary living space is shaped by a pioneer log cabin that is part of the town museum in Friday, Harbor, Wa. It's about 20'x20' and the sign notes that it was built by a pioneer husband and wife and occupied by them and their eight children.

I imagine that understates the square footage though, since the two holer that was probably out back at one time isn't there.

Goodness. My 762-square-foot apartment, where I live all alone, seems positively palatial all of a sudden.

My mom was the second-youngest of thirteen children... and when she showed me the house in Cleveland where she grew up, I couldn't believe such a large family coexisted in so small a house.

Mom shared a bedroom with two other sisters. I grew up an only child and never had to share anything... maybe that's why I'm so selfish... heh.
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