Ms Soapbox and her sister Elle are on Vancouver Island visiting the folks. (Elle is not her real name but she values her privacy and bites and throws things if she doesn’t get her way–or at least she did when she was five).
Ms Soapbox’s Mom and Dad moved into their respective seniors care facilities this spring. That means Ms Soapbox and her sisters, Elle, Roxy and Jay (also not their real names but Elle got a fake name, now everybody wants one) have been making regular pilgrimages to the family home to clear out 40 years of stuff before the house goes on the market.
Mom and Dad issued instructions about who should get what. Elle and I weren’t convinced the grandchildren wanted the golf clubs so we told them we had it covered…and we did.
Jay took a teeny weeny art book (no bigger than your palm) and a little wooden apple that opens up to reveal a four piece tea set. Roxy took two ruby red goblets and the brand new crock pot that’s been sitting in its box waiting for “a special occasion”. Elle took the world’s smallest sewing machine and the photo albums (she’s making copies for the rest of us). Ms Soapbox scooped up the silverware and a 50s era chair that she’ll cram into the back of Elle’s car and store in Missy’s apartment.
No one claimed the 15 pairs of reading glasses wrapped in saran wrap and secured with elastic bands or Roxy’s brunette wig that was last worn by Dad to a Halloween party. We took a pass on the complete set of Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia and the canned goods that have been under the stairs for as long as we can remember.
These, like the rest of the stuff, will be sold, donated or binned.
What’s interesting about this exercise is that after 89 years on the planet, Mom and Dad don’t want much stuff.
What’s even more interesting is that their children don’t either. Consequently the process of dividing up Mom and Dad’s stuff turned into an act of joy not misery.
Jackie French Koller is right: There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much and the other is by desiring little.
The Soapbox sisters are rich beyond their wildest dreams!