DAUGHTER AND FAMILY - 2004
We've been diligently moving things to the new old house and I've taken some pictures along the way but can't seem to remember to bring my camera back here so I can download the photos. I'll have to tie a string around my finger or something.
We're nearing the end of our stay at this house which has been our shelter for 32 years. Next Wednesday, October 5th, will be our last official day in residence. Our daughter grew up here, I babysat our grandkids here, and we've had many blessed years of celebrations and family gatherings for weddings, birthdays, and holidays. We've laughed with joy and cried in grief. We've rescued and found homes for so many animals I couldn't possibly count them, but all found refuge here and knew they were safe and loved. I've been holding my emotions in check during this transition, but today has been my undoing.
This morning I climbed upon a chair to retrieve boxes of photos from the top shelf of my closet. I tried to pull down too many at one time and one box slipped from my grasp. Of course, the contents spilled onto the floor and though I knew I shouldn't have, I stopped to browse through some of the pictures. Oh the memories those photos brought back to me. I was teary-eyed when I viewed pictures of family members who are now departed and felt a tug at my heartstrings when childhood photos of my daughter and grandkids surfaced. Where did all those years go? Photos of former pets brought tears to my eyes as well, and I was struck by the coincidence of how so many of my current furry friends look so much like the ones I've lost. Maybe it's not a coincidence at all?
I've been telling myself I'm ready to leave this house, and I still think I am, but I'm not so sure I'm ready to leave those memories behind. I guess I'll just have to pack them along with our material goods and find a safe place for them to reside. I'm not looking forward to clearing treasures from my backyard cabin either. That will have to wait for another time. I've experienced about all the misty memories I can handle for one day. I think I'll go shopping.