Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Clearing The Attic

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."
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