My husband and I are moving. I’ve been in this house for almost 30 years. He’s been here with me for 15 plus. A lot of stuff to clean out and decide what to take. The home we bought is about half the space we currently have. Not much closet, no basement.
As I’m sorting, there are constant reminders of both my parents – photos, of course (and I’m nothing if not messy and random with my pictures and where they’re kept), but other items that alternately make me cry and laugh:
- Several of Mom’s pocketbooks – I’ve given a couple away and will use her last bag myself (a purple and green swirly number that surprised and delighted me when she bought it).
But, the pocketbook I cannot part with is a brown faux leather bag given to her by my father. It came with brown boots (I’ve yet to find) and he told her it was real leather. She was so impressed with that bag. “Feel this,” she’d say. “It’s real.”
- The other day, I found my father’s drivers license. The photo broke my heart. A luminous smile … and the comb-over.
- His green strong box (the one for bills) – No one has any idea what the combination is to open it, but it’s coming with me.
- Mom’s wooden rolling pin, the one she used for apple pie and ravioli – I’m not a dough-rolling type of gal, but it has been sitting on a shelf in my writing room for years and will sit on a shelf in my new writing room.
- The wooden cross that hung above my parent’s bed – I’m guessing one of my brother’s would like to have it.
- Yesterday, we went to dinner at a friend’s house and I wanted to make key lime pie to bring. Must have packed all the pie plates, but there above the cabinets was Mom’s ceramic pie dish with a cover shaped like an apple, made by a cousin. Ate the pie and the plate is now packed.
- Dad’s writing journals and a letter he wrote his sisters when he was in the war.
- And though we have no use for it, I’ll probably pack up Mom’s blow job (read https://hereisakiss.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/conversations-i-never-thought-id-have-with-mom/) My husband swears it cures more than troubled breathing…
And an interesting article from AARP magazine about ‘old debt’. You should pay your debts, but… http://www.aarp.org/money/credit-loans-debt/info-06-2012/dusting-off-old-debt.html