My parents have both passed; my sister, my brother-in-law, and I have been trying to sell their home for two years; it’s a large beautiful home in a small town; not many there need a home that size; so we cared for it the best we could, as we live three hours away. My sister was in charge of the business end, taxes, bills, insurance, termites, all the things I would never be good at handling. My brother-in-law is a builder and handled the real estate dealings with which he was well familiar; again, not a strong suit for me. As I am retired and free to travel three hours there and back without worrying about job restrictions, my contribution was as caretaker, maid, overseer of the grounds, and direct communication with neighbors. I also was blessed to have the opportunity to go through Mother and Daddy’s treasures, letters, and mementos. I sorted through those things to keep, those things to give away, and those things to throw away. It was indeed a labor of love.
During those two years I came to care deeply for this home that I never lived in, but which was home for my parents in their later years. Elated, the three of us are awaiting word that the papers have been signed, money changed hands, and keys handed over; an accomplishment that took all three of us; we’ve been a wonderful team!
I am happy to turn over the bills and all that goes with owning a home over to another family. I feel freer not to make monthly trips, but I am sad that now only a cemetery holds the remains of my parents and grandparents both maternal and paternal in this small town in which I’ve had loving relationships for as long as I’ve lived. This small southern town will forever be in my memories; people past and present have loved and nurtured me; activities, holidays, and events there shaped my life and instilled a love and respect for hard work, love and care of my elders, and love and reverence for You, Lord.
I thank You, Dear Lord, for the influences this small town had on me; I thank You for the many lessons learned at the knees of my grandparents; I thank You for the lessons in compassion as I witnessed first hand how age affects the body, mind, and soul; I was and am blessed; I will carry it all with me and treasure it forever. Thank You, Father, for placing me in such a loving environment. To this small town I owe much. To the people I’ve known I owe much. To Your many blessings bestowed on me I owe my ALL. Amen
Isaiah 32:18 International Children’s Bible
My people will live in peaceful places.
They will have safe homes.
They will live in calm places of rest.
Proverbs 24:3-4 International Children’s Bible
It takes wisdom to have a good family.
It takes understanding to make it strong.
It takes knowledge to fill a home
with rare and beautiful treasures.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 Easy-to-Read Version
I learned that the best thing for people to do is to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live. God wants everyone to eat, drink, and enjoy their work. These are gifts from God.