Moving is Momentous!

29 Oct

I began to move a couple of weeks ago, but this is an unusual type of move and so it is taking a lot longer than normal. Perhaps I should mention that I have lived in this house for 9 years and I love it here. I love the area, I love the house, and I wish I could stay.
However my mother is 99 years old. She will reach the age of 100 in less than 4 months. She is healthy. She is basically happy. But her friends have mostly all died. This is really sad for her. And she is lonely. Of course she is becoming frail as well, so she needs much more help than before. She stopped driving herself when she was 93. She has a man who drives for her and does other heavy lifting about the place. Her cook has been with her for 40 years. Mother lives in the same house she and my father bought before I was born. Now she has 24/7 caregivers and it is best if there is someone there to keep tabs on all these helpful people.
No one else in the family was able to do it. So one day I decided that in keeping with the Serenity Prayer, there is nothing I can do to “Change” my mother and her living arrangements. However, I can change my own attitude and my place of residence. I found that I had the courage to do it. So my move to Washington DC is nearly complete. Compressing my long life into one room and some extra closets requires some very serious downsizing. My children have helped me manage this by taking most of my things off my hands. It is very flattering to know that they want my things, that they like my things and will take good care of them. When I go into one of their houses and see my favorite paintings, rugs, silver, and furniture it warms my heart. It makes me feel right at home.
Really, it is fun to see each house displaying various aspects of my personality and preferences from my vacated house/home. It is sort of like multiplying my own design ideas and seeing them mutate in marvelous ways. That part is great. What is difficult is sorting through files, going through photo albums and scrapbooks. Most of them have never been culled. Many of the boxes of files have followed me from house to house and office to office without actually being sorted in years. And so many need to be shredded, deleted, gone. But they MUST be gone through because there are actually some important documents among the detritus.
I am almost done now. After many bags of trash and trips to second hand stores, the rest is going to be carted off by others. I will be free. I will be unencumbered by things. Really only my books and a reduced amount of clothes and my 2 small dogs are going with me to Mother’s house. My computers will be reduced down to a laptop and my iPad and a bunch of flash drives! My new life calls and now I have space for it to arrive.

3 Responses to “Moving is Momentous!”

  1. Wendy Lamont 29. Oct, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    You will feel such peace and joy when the move is done! A new beginning, excitement. Best wishes to you and your Mother!

  2. Rochelle Ohrstrom 29. Oct, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    I have also recently deaccessioned my lifetime accumulations. it is a good feeling to be lighter. No more dragging around excess emotional and physical baggage; having fewer choices and less things needing your care is consciousness raising. Sis once told me,” When you are young you collect, when you are old you give it away and simplify life.” the boxes of photos are the biggest pain. Happy new life. You’re a good daughter.

  3. Carolyn du Pont 08. Nov, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

    My very dear, old friend, I am truly blown away by what you are doing. I got rid of the flotsam and jetsam of my life almost 10 years ago and it is indeed incredibly freeing but I know what the house in Charlottesville meant to you and I know how much you loved living in the midst of most of your children. I hope this brings you serenity and happiness as well. You are indeed a very good daughter. Big hugs, Carolyn