Friday, January 07, 2011
Mom, Bill and Home
While searching through my thousands of pictures this afternoon I came across this picture of Significant Other and walking my Mother back to our old house in Pennsylvania. This picture was taken shortly before we put our house up for sale in 2006.
I didn't want to sell our beautiful house which we built in 1980 on 6.845 acres of hillside, Pennsylvania woodland we purchased in 1976. I had no choice. I could no longer afford the ever increasing school and property taxes. I had to put our house up for sale and move to Delaware where the taxes are lower and don't go up 15% to 25% every year.
I had forgotten that I had taken this iconic picture of my longtime partner (we're in our 46th year now) and Mom. Mom lived on the other side of the woods from our home which worked out well because we both could maintain our privacy but we were never more than a few minutes away from each other.
Mom didn't want us to move.
We didn't want to move.
We loved our home.
We loved Pennsylvania.
We had no choice.
Mom is gone now. She died September 16, 2010.
Our old home in Pennsylvania is gone now. The new owners defaulted on their mortgage and our once beautiful home and property is now a neglected Grey Gardens. It was sold at a sheriff's sale this past November.
Only Significant Other and I are left. We are living in our new home in Delaware.
I love our new home in Delaware but I do miss the home we lived in Pennsylvania. Significant Other doesn't like Delaware nor our new home. He doesn't like the flat, open landscape and lack of trees. He still pines for our old home in Pennsylvania. He feels like he lost a loved one when I sold the home.
Just when I think I'm used to Mom being gone, I come across a picture like this that smacks me right in my face how much I miss her.
Thank God I still have him.