Those that know me or read here regular might know that the health of my mother got rather bad over the last years. Even so bad that she was not capable to care for herself anymore. Now more then a year ago she was taken into a nursing home. They wanted to try to teach my mother to deal with her health problems and learn to live on herself again. Sadly this failed in a very bad way. So now it is decided that she will be taken into that nursing home permanently.
Only the fact already that my mother cannot take care of herself anymore by those health problems gives me a sad feeling. Sure, my mother had already health problems for a very long time. But even after the death of my father she lived for many years in a very good way on herself. That is now sadly the past.
But all this leaded to something else. The house where my mother used to life must be cleaned out and given back to cooperation that rented it to her.
This house has been over 40 years part of our family. I know every corner and spot of it. I always felt comfortable there. And now this all soon will be gone.
Together with my brother and sister we started to clean out the house. Furniture is taken out and given away. The closets and boxes and looked through. Sure we find many things that bring back good memories, but also sad memories are there. A lot happened in and around this house.
Some items will be given away to friends of my mother. Other things are shared between my brother, sister and me. This all of course after talking it through with my mother. After all her body causes problems, her mind is clear and sharp as it can be.
With every piece of furniture and each item that leaves the house a little of the “soul of the house” leaves. And even now already it is not anymore a place where I like to be. The house is dead.
I am grateful that I have rather some things in my new house in Heemskerk that will keep up the memories of the times that I did spend here in this house.
4 thoughts on “A sad job to do….”
Special at moments like this I wished I was there with you to be there for you and go together through this sad period. Soon I will be coming home!
I know exactly how that feels, having done several such cleanouts lately. Hang tight Rob.
I know the feeling too. As i moved my parents to a new house, leaving the house i grew up.
But see it positively. This is a kind of closure and confermation that 2 lives have started a new phase in live. you in Heemskerk and your mother who is still with you in the nursing home.
Hai RobWe can’t have a glass of wine or thee anymore to talk things over when you arrived in Amsterdam for the new week, so I give you a virtual ear reading what you’re going through.