We had dad’s house cleared yesterday. I say dad’s house although we moved in as a family in 1964, I left home in 1982, mum lived there until her death in 2014 and dad died there on June 8th this year – some 52 years later. But the house had changed since mum died. The vibrancy she brought to it through lots of little things (flowers, cooking) were gone.
The process of saying goodbye seems so much longer with dad than with mum. I think this has a lot to do with him being the last parent alive and so all the major administration followed his demise. When mum died we didn’t have to do anything much regarding her estate whereas with dad there has been a great deal to do.
Still soon it will be ready for another chapter with a new set of people to make their memories in. Goodbye 59 Beck Lane, and for one last time, bye bye dad and mum.