Tuesday, April 29, 2014
My dad passed away several years ago and my mom's been paring down her house recently. Her boyfriend has moved in with her and they have been working out how to combine to households into one. They have each been taking things to the Hospice House resale store and Goodwill. In the summer, my mom would like to have an auction to sell the larger items they have left, which includes most of the tools and items from my dad's garage, but also many things from the house as well. My mom is adamant that she doesn't want us, her kids, to have to deal with all of this after she is gone.
This process is what sparked the question.
"What things would you like to have out of the house?" my Mom asked me recently. "The grandfather clock that Grandma made is yours, she wanted you to have it, but what else would you like someday?"
Having already lost my dad, even entertaining the thought of losing my mom completely blows my mind. So, when asked what I want...the only thing I can say is to not need to want anything!
She asked me to think about it.
I still don't know much.
The first thing I thought of was my dad's hammer. He had a hammer that had his name engraved in the side. It's the hammer I always remember him using and I remember always thinking it was cool that it had his name on it. (Oh, the things we find interesting when we are young!) So, that's on my list of wants.
Honestly, I don't know what else to say. How do I know what I will look back and wish I had?
Besides, of course, my parents.