The holidays are always busy, but this year it’s been doubly so as we – my brother, my sister, and I – help my father prepare his house for sale. As I’m sure you know, the longer you live in a place, the more stuff you accumulate.* In this case we are talking 43 years of stuff. Sorting it through is a big job and a trip down memory lane for each of us. But before you get out your violins, I’ll share this pro-tip: any lingering sentimentality is replaced very quickly with a laser-sharp focus on disposing of all goods as efficiently and easily as possible.
Today would have been my parents’ 53rd wedding anniversary, and in their honor I share this glamorous wedding picture, complete with close friends and family who are still in our lives today. Obviously there are three significant future people and several important future dogs missing from this picture, but I think those absences, plus the fact that they hadn’t bought the house yet, might just explain why they look so young and carefree here! Happy anniversary, Dad!
*Let this be a lesson to all of us: beware of stuff. Unless it’s really good, obviously.