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JANUARY2014 •elitemagazine |23 Photoby Cindy Burnham 24| elitemagazine •JANUARY2014 STORYANDPHOTOS BY HOPEMYERS S trollingupthe brickpathof603 SouthwickDrive, youcanseea slightbow betweenthe gablesonthe frontporch.Whitewickerfurniture hailsbacktoasimplertime, whenlifewasslowerandporches weremeantforsitting.Adorning thesolidoakfrontdoorisa varietyoflocksandknobs,allin theiroriginalbrassyluster.The engravedknockershowshintsof bluecorrosion,andit’sno wonder:Itisnearly100yearsold, mountedin1928.Asthedoor squeaksopen,Capt.Suzanna Hutionsmilesfromthestoop. “Didyouseethebowbetweenthe dormerwindows?Whenthehouse wasbuilt,thecontractorslefta weight-bearingballastoutto makethefrontporchmore aestheticallypleasing.” Insidetheentrywaystandsa cherrychestwithafewdozen flagsstandingatopit.Each signifiesadifferentcountry Suzannahasvisitedoverthe years.Thelistislong,filledby militarydeployments,excursions andauniquefamilyhistory. “IwasadoptedfromCongoas aninfant,”Suzannabegins,sitting attheplanktableinthedining room.“MyparentslivedinParis atthetime.” Whenshewas11,Suzanna’s fathertookajobwithaFrench oilcompanyworkinginTexas.“I livedhalfmychildhoodinParis, halfinColumbus,Texas.”Suzanna chuckles.“Itwasacultureshock.” AftergraduatingfromTexas A&MUniversity,Suzannawas snatchedupbyarecruiter.“Iwas literallysuckedintotheArmy.I wentAirbornetoovercomemy fearofheights.That,”shesays, shakingherhead,“wasabad decision.I’mstillterrifiedevery timeIjump,butitthrillsmeat thesametime.” athome

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