After the last post many people have asked me what we will be storing and taking. The few things we are storing at my Aunt Margie's are family treasures. The dining table that use to be my great Aunt Julia's. It is where some of my favorite memories have taken place. Where we sit to eat, paint, write letters and do homework year after year. It is where Uno and Monopoly are played late into the night. And where some of the most important conversations and deepest belly laughing have taken place. Our bedroom furniture will be stored with the table also. My parents had it when I was a girl and my mom's parents had it before her. I remember watching my mom put on her perfume for a date while sitting at the desk where I now write thank you notes. The sideboard my parents bought as newlyweds and the blue wedding china that was my grandmother's, a few blue glass pieces, and the polish pottery from Aunt B. And I cannot not forget the basic kitchen items worth storing. My kitchen was never as well stocked as my art closet, but my mother in law gave me a beautiful cast iron dutch oven this Christmas that my sister will now cook soup in.
I will bring the clay pieces the boys have made. The toothy play dough grin that Levi made when he was four. It's lopsided grin has smiled me through every dish washing for the past five years. And Luke's happy made up creature he made when he was seven. His yellow mitts held up in the air, seeming to always yell "hurrah, isn't life grand?" One of the drawings I bring will be the picture Ian drew last month. The one where Levi is towering over me with his hand outstretched and resting on my shoulder. I love that one piece of art more than any I have created.