The treacherous staircase

My new (historic) home has two stairways. The front stairs are dramatic. The back stairs, which descend from the maid’s quarters into the kitchen, could easily be replaced with a zip-line or a fireman’s pole.

I love this house for reasons too plentiful to recount, including, or perhaps particularly, the treacherous staircase. There are no railings and the steps are so steep and narrow, it’s easiest to ascend them on all fours and descending them quickly requires steadying yourself with flat palms against the walls.

The steps have been painted the most lovely blue imaginable.

If I had to choose a favorite place in this house, the attic would win. The treacherous staircase, though, is where I seem to spend a lot of time, not just going up and down, but thinking.


About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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8 Responses to The treacherous staircase

  1. klh048 says:

    I like that you are writing about your new (old) house.

  2. Ron. says:

    Watch your step. Jane. I hope someday I’ll have a chance to come for a visit.

    • Jane Wilson says:


      I can see the train station, where the Orphan Train made its first stop, from here. It’s two short blocks away and Amtrak stops there, now. I also have a view of one of the few remaining American Elms.

      Lots of stories here. Come find them.


  3. Rina Macasaet says:

    this is very exciting! exploring the nooks and crannies of a new home is always a fun discovery! watch you step! 🙂

  4. Sue Glasco says:

    We once over 50 years ago looked at an ancient farm house that had 2 staircases. Have not seen house with 2 since. I do love attics also!

  5. Jane Wilson says:

    I love watching the expressions of delight on the faces of those who walk through the front door and I can’t wait to work in the yard! I’ve resisted posting many photos until I clear the clutter, but they’ll be forthcoming.

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