I have absolutely no idea how this is going to work. In the end, it’s going to be the way it needs to be. Or close to it anyway. But in the mean time, between now and then, the way it unfolds will be an ordeal. Or maybe to put a more positive spin on it I should say an adventure. Yes, an adventurous ordeal.
The nuts and bolts of the process are already registering with my planning. It’s just the sheer overwhelmingness of it that bugs me. At my age, and in my superhuman physical condition, there are days when I get out of bed and don’t feel much like moving any further. So, imagine what this is going to be like as my eighty something year old parents begin to gather up the contents of the home they have lived in for the past thirty eight years and move to a new home.
They have lived in this house for nearly half of their lives. More than two thirds of mine. And over the years they have gathered more and more and more souvenirs of their lives. The house, with its basement and attic, is packed to the rafters. As is the barn. My dad calls my mother a pack rat, but he does a pretty good job of it himself.
They have a plan. Or so they say. Three piles. One for taking straight to the new place. One for taking to the new place later. One for disposal, one way or another. It’s not junk. No rotten food, no old soda cans. Nothing like that. And they are not hoarders. They have just collected, and stored neatly, a lot of stuff. Over the years you accumulate stuff.
I’m going to visit this week for six days. All of it devoted to sorting. The dispose of pile will be my realm. What do I want for me? What can I sell in my shop? Are there things that need to be auctioned? Donated? Trashed? There may even be room for another pile which will be leave it in the barn and let the new owner figure out what to do with it. That’s how the house came to them thirty-eight years ago. And some of the stuff that was there then is still in the same place now.
What I’m a little afraid of is that when I planned this trip they had no firm plans as to when they were moving. Could be a month or a year my dad would say. Now, it’s a little more defined. By the end of December. This December. Right. So, there is a little more urgency in the project. And that limits the time we can spend reminiscing over each and every item. Even the trash pile will have wondrous treasures. Stuff there is just no longer any room for.
The one nice thing about all this is that my parents will both be there. In mind and body. And I’ll get to hear the stories about all the things we reminisce over. One chapter ends, and another begins.
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