Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Ok, I'm a sap.  Tears are pouring down my cheeks as I write this post.  This week my mom and Bill are signing papers and officially selling the house on Shaw Avenue.  This is no ordinary house.  This is the house my family lived in for almost 35 years.  This is the house where we rode mattresses down the stairs, jumped on the trampoline, played "adventure" in the backyard.  This is the house where wedding open houses took place, grandchildren came to live, where cars literally blew up in the driveway.  This is the house where friends snuck into the basement while parents slept upstairs, where when Emma was a little kid and told everyone that mom said she was pretty after putting on lipstick and Don told her she was still ugly and she collapsed on the ground in tears.  This is the house that has been toilet papered so many times neighbors could only imagine the type of family that lived there.
Deer on Shaw Avenue
Fall on Shaw Avenue

Christmas on Shaw Avenue

New Year's Puzzles on Shaw Avenue

Spring on Shaw Avenue

Winter on Shaw Avenue
I love Maryland.  I love everything about it, and having mom and Bill leave to move out west is so exciting and painful at the same time.  I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to live there, to grow there.  I will miss it and even though my bedroom belongs to someone else, I will always call 218 Shaw Avenue home.

9 comments:

Sharilyn said...

*LOVE* this post, only because I can totally relate...and there is something about a home like that. Makes me teary.

Higleys said...

You forgot seminary and all thoses hoodlems who rode the bus from there. Oh and part of the best video cinematography " Ben and Mike video" Hey poochie.
I was also one of those wedding open houses even though I'm not a dilla-ham. I wish I could have bought your house I would have in a heartbeat. Truly bittersweet.

MaryBeth said...

Kristen, there are so many more memories. I just got off the phone with Sarah and I cried thinking about how much fun we had. I am truly blessed to have lived in such an amazing neighborhood and ward and to have the friends I did growing up. Nothing can take those memories away from me.

Denise said...

I watched Top Gun at that house. I always looked over to see what was going on when I passed by. You can always crash at my parents when you need your MD fix...after you get tired of sleeping in your car stalking Shaw Ave, that is!

Diane said...

Okay. All teared up here. I, too had to watch my family home become 'home' to another family. There's nothing that can ever replace that . . .

hdknowles said...

So the real question of the day is when are they doing their farewell address at church (or have they already done it)? Like Denise, I always look at the house on the way to the stake center. I know the feeling to let go of the house you grew up in - hugs to you and your family during this transition.

Aramie Judd Christopherson said...

I love upstate NY like you love Maryland! I wish I was there now. Southern Texas is hot. And ugly. And deserty. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Susan said...

It's hard to believe that they will no longer be in Maryland. I would be so sad if my parents decide to move away. How would I visit Maryland.

Mom said...

Love the post. Thanks for using those pictures. I love everyone. BUT I love you more!