Monday, October 25, 2010
Today's the perfect day to tackle a chore that I've put off for the past four years. On the top closet shelf of my home office are three big boxes I hauled home from my parents' house in 2007. I remember pulling away from that familiar driveway in tears, knowing that I would never again set foot inside the house they had built when I was twelve. I'd never ever feel their arms around me again in a hello hug, or hear their reminder to give them a call when I arrived home after that six-hour drive.
Mama passed away peacefully in her sleep in 2004. Two years later, Daddy joined her. It seemed surreal, sitting in that quiet house with my sister, packing decades of precious memories into boxes, then locking the door behind us. I stopped the car in a panicky afterthought to gather a few clippings of bright red geraniums that my dad had planted in the border under the bedroom windows 48 years ago. And you know what? I don't even like geraniums.
Rainy autumns have come and gone, but it's time. This afternoon I'll spend a few hours reading and sorting, reliving long-ago events. I'll probably end up tossing a few things, but I have a set of pretty lidded boxes ready and waiting for mementos I can't part with.
Wishing you a blessed Monday...
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