Isn’t this the cutest early Mickey teaset?! It’s my mother’s – probably her chubby baby Australian fingers clasped that delicate handle and sipped from the cup. I’m now going through all of this kind of memorabilia, having moved my mother into a resthome before Christmas, and needing to clear out her previous apartment. It’s an – odd – time of the year to be doing just this. Perfect, I suppose, in that it is always a time of reflection on the previous year/s for me, and a looking forward to see what the coming year might hold.
In amongst her things are wonderful items that slow me down and make the process of clearing out so much harder:
Like the family bible, inscribed with the name of my great grandfather, Donald Urquhart (the Scottish connection). And the various badges and jewellery that all must have a story. The bronze plaque commemorating the great uncle I know died in WWI. I’m a sentimental lass, so although I have no room myself, and no children to pass these things on to, it’s very hard to part with them. Sigh. Do you feel my pain?
I guess we’ll store it all a bit longer, and let someone younger make the hard decisions. By then, the memory of the persons to whom these things belonged, will have faded.
Meanwhile, I come home and consider the coming year with some earnest hopes at the forefront. The biggest one for me, right now, is work. Although 2015 was a magnificent year as far as experiences, memories, travel, connections, creative endeavours go – but monetary-wise, it was not. So I’m scraping the bottom of the financial barrel and hoping that the possibility of a job I’d love that will be advertised in a few weeks, becomes mine in reality. I’m also picking up the pace with my exercise and diet again, along with Sam Heughan’s Peak Challenge. It was fun being encouraged by others and feeling part of a team to achieve some personal goals of fitness and health last year. Going to do it again in a few days. Check out @PeakPirates if you want to come too. (Or search for the Facebook page under that name).
Onward and upward!