We are nearly ready to put our house on the market. The hard yards have been done, the finishing touches are being applied and our house will soon be ready for inspection.
But it seems all our cleaning and tidying and repairing has left the house rather bare.
Sure it needed a good clean (oh boy it did!) but it seems, in our bid to not offend any potential buyers, we have removed the very heart of our house.
I’ve removed the Dora stickers lovingly applied to our polished floors. I’ve scrubbed off the pencil marks showing the heights of our kids over the last 4 years. I’ve emptied out the dead plants that were once tended to by our little gardeners.
It seems a little bit of the history of our last 4 years here has been erased and that has saddened me.
I’m not sentimental at the stickers themselves or the pencil marks or the plants, but rather what they represented of our family at a particular point in time.
While not pretty, her markings and drawings and words show a keen interest in numbers and letters. I took some photos of what was left (after I began cleaning) so I have a memory of that interest for the future.
I will continue cleaning the marks of our lives from this house as it needs to be done.
But I will never forget the stickers or the height markings or the plants because they represented important milestones in my kids’ lives, for both them and for me.
I look forward to seeing what additions they will eventually make to our new home. And instead of cursing them (oh, how stickers undo me!), I will try to instead celebrate them as living memories of our life as a family.
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