Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Clearing out the family home after my Dad passed away was very emotional for me and my siblings. At times it seemed as if we were obliterating the family's existence. All those happy memories and sounds from the 1950's and 60's came crashing down on me when I was there.  Looking through the pictures and at my Dad's cherished possessions was difficult and also cathartic. I had not thought much about the family celebrations for some time. Then it hit me that we had a wealth of memories and good times saved in our pictures. The festivities were many and rich in food and laughter. A good thing to remember.
I separated all of the pictures by family and gave them to each sibling. What a great way to keep our family alive!
Now that the home is sold, I am not sad any longer. I will always have those funny and not-so funny remembrances to keep me comforted. The house needs another family to call its home. That is important now. Besides, I have written plenty of stories  about life in the quieter and gentler times of the 1950's on 12 Perkins Court. I will not forget them. These, along with the pictures are part of my family's legacy. and what a beautiful one it is.

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