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Clearing The Attic [Jan. 18th, 2018|12:14 pm]
Tony Grist
Matthew and Julia helped us move everything out of the attic. A lot of what was up there was junk and has departed on the back of their flat bed truck but I wasn't quite prepared for the volume of things belonging to my grandmother that my parents stashed up there fifty years ago, thinking, "we'll deal with that later ". There's a lot of artwork, a collection of picture postcards, a hat box full of ancient toys in which mice have nested and a very nice wooden box with brass handles, containing marbles and card games and suchlike. Happy hours of sorting lie ahead.

Matthew and Julia were in my mother's sightline as she lay in bed and we were a little worried she'd be distressed to watch them coming and going with armfuls of her junk- but she didn't take any of it in. What she did remember was Matthew going into her bedroom to say "hello". He was her gardener for decades and they're fond of one another. "Did you see Matthew," she asked me afterwards. "He's a nice person."

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-01-18 03:14 pm (UTC)
That's the sort of sorting I'd be happy about also.
And at least your mother remembered Matthew's name!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-18 03:42 pm (UTC)
She remembers people who have been in her life a long time. She's a bit hazy about new arrivals- like great-grandchildren.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-01-18 03:49 pm (UTC)
That's very normal in the aging process. Short-term memory is much more fragile.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-01-19 07:21 am (UTC)
yummy treasures!!!

take pictures

better than the last 40 year of bills
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2018-01-21 09:04 pm (UTC)
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