Friday, June 26, 2015

Saying Goodbye

 Last Friday, I not only said goodbye to my daughter and family, but also to half my furniture!
Melissa arrived early morning, driving a 26 foot U-haul to pick up the furniture that I promised her.
Saying goodbye to her wasn't easy, but also saying goodbye to this English oak parquet table wasn't either because of all the memories of holiday dinners we enjoyed on it.  It will look fantastic in her new home in Seattle though.
Not so much in my home in San Francisco.

 She also took this coffee table and wicker chairs, along with the cane back dining chairs and my English oak desk.  Oh, and a queen size bed for her guest room.
I threw in the wicker settee too.

Not only am I left with a half-way empty apartment, and a hole in the dining room, I'm left with a hole in my heart as I bravely wave goodbye to her.

Even though I'm sad to see my oldest daughter and her family leave the Bay Area, I know this is the right decision for them.
But it's not easy saying goodbye.
I saved my tears for this moment as I waved and watch her drive away.

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15 comments:

Sarah said...

Delores, I can understand the heartache here. Seeing your daughter and her family move to another state would pull at any mother's heart strings. I think it is wonderful that your beautiful things will have a place in her new home. That has to be very special for your daughter. It keeps a bit of her San Francisco family near by in Seattle. No question her home will be lovely. I hope she will send some photos for you to share.
Happy Weekend!

Kathysue said...

Awwww, bitter sweet tears for sure, sending you a big hug.
Kathysue

carolyn bradford said...

Oh, gosh! I know this feeling all to well! It is certainly not easy having a child live far away from home…and like you said, I know you are excited for her but it is still hard on you! My daughter has lived in New Orleans for the past four years and just as they thought they could move back home a wonderful opportunity arrived for them to move to Houston. Hopefully, they will only be gone a couple more years. I miss her terribly. She also has a lot of my furniture as well! I will certainly be thinking about you!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

This brought a tear to my eye. I'm happy to have both my kids in Calif (even if it is southern Calif.)..but who know how long it will last.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I do ounderstand. I have stood and bravely waived, then cried huge tears as my children moved away. Not easy.

Ellen Thompson said...

I totally get it. My son moved to Cali about 13 years ago. All the things I sent him out there with? He gave away most of them when they became "inconvenient." A daughter will probably be more thoughtful.

Katherine said...

We have a plan when we are traveling that might work for your family visits. On the way home from each trip we decide on the next trip - location and approximate timeline. It's a good way to anchor your visits with each other if you make the commitment when you are saying your goodbyes.

Rhonda said...

Oh, I feel your pain! Both my daughters live 10 hours away, along with the addition of a new grandbaby (and a son-in-law!), so I can commiserate with you! My girls, too, have our leftovers, and I find it so enjoyable to see how they have reinvented my things to fit their style. Thankfully, with today's technology, your sweet family is only a "facetime" away! Hugs!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Oh dear. We can all relate. At least most of us. My goal, as a mother of two kids, who live a fair distance away, is to have a welcoming, loving home, for them to return to, when they can. We raise our kids to have wings. That's our job. And it can be so hard. Take care, Barbara

Sammy said...

You'll have a great place to visit. : - )

Pat said...

Makes me get teary just reading your blog.It is so sad. My daughter went from 8 hours away to 3 1/2 hours away. It's better, but I still run into the house as she drives away before she sees me cry. Agree that a plan of when we will see each other again helps immensely. Take care!

Carol S. said...

Smart, I like that idea.

laney said...

...oh! sweet person how I understand...but know this...the generosity you showed in giving her your treasured belongings will come back to you...many times over...for the first time you visit you will be making new memories from the old...and doubling your family legacy...always have a plan to visit...the heart needs that...but that hole you spoke of?...well...it will be filled I promise...blessings laney

Cyndy said...

You are such a great mom. I know that every time someone in your daughter's family sits on Grandma's chairs or eats at Grandma's table, they will be thinking of you! And besides, with Skype and FaceTime, it can be like Grandma and Grandpa are there any time you want! Anyway, can't wait to see more updates on the awesome new Casa del Arabian! Wish I could send you some of this rain we're having EVERY DAY here in Ohio :D

Joni Webb said...

you are better than me! i'd be crying hysterically. but i only have one child!!! at first i thought you were saying goodbye to blogging!!!! i was like - what? no way!!! so glad i was wrong!

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