Monday, May 05, 2014
This is a bittersweet time for me. On a positive note, we have just about cleaned out the first floor of my mother's house. There is still furniture and I'm trying to find a home for it but man are these donation places picky. Many only take small items (up to an end table) and many don't have the means to make on demand pickups.
Funny thing - one of the signs was left up from the estate sale and a lady came by on Sunday while we were cleaning. My DH told her that the sale was over but invited her to look around. She bought a few things and then came back today to pick up a table and is coming back on Friday to pick up a couch and chair. It turns out that I graduated HS with her husband! I'm not sure what their status is but I am happy that this furniture can go to someone that'll use it and not into a landfill.
On the negative note, the time is fast coming when I'll say goodbye to the house that I grew up in. I will always have my memories and pictures to help when those fade but it is so sad. I'm also a bit mad because my brother hasn't really participated in this and mostly DH and I have done it all. I know that DH is mad at my brother's lack of support but would never say anything.
Today as we walked around the yard, I had such mixed emotions. I really want this chapter to be over. I need to move on with my life. I feel good that (probably) a young couple will buy the house and someday have many wonderful memories too. I feel bad for my aunt and uncle who live next door and will have to live the loss of my mother every day (if they don't already). I have always been close to them but during the course of caring for my mother, her funeral, and now cleaning out her house, they both have expressed so many nice sentiments to me that it really helps.
Okay, enough ramblings from me. Tough day.