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MY WORD OF THE WEEK.
This week I decided it was time to sort out our bedroom. We broke our wardrobe when moving house six years ago and only use one side of it. The other side is full of boxes and stuff that has barely been moved since we put it there.
So, I ordered a new wardrobe and side table. My first job was to empty my side table. It was rammed with stuff! The top drawer was full of drugs, but don’t worry; they were all prescribed. Some of them were past their use by date though.
As I moved down to the other drawers, I found photographs and notebooks going back ages. I loved the baby books that I’d kept for my three youngest. I also found a lot of crystals and a fair amount of small change.
The broken side of the wardrobe is guarded by my daughter’s dog Sasha. The dog is now over 20 years old but she’s still looking good. I remember buying her as a birthday present; she was pretty hard to wrap being the size of a regular sitting labrador. She’s easy to care for, she doesn’t eat, move or bark. My daughter gave her up when we moved and we found she made a good doorstop for the broken wardrobe door. I don’t know what we’ll do with her when the new wardrobe is up.
I moved Sasha out of the way and started to go through some stuff in the wardrobe. Wow! I had drawings and hand prints from all of my five children from when they were little. Such precious memories. I whittled two huge boxes of paper down to one though. I find it difficult to part with things, but I reckon one huge box of memories is enough. Then there were the baby clothes. I don’t know why I kept them? Some were woollen jumpers that my Mum had knitted, so I get that, and the Christening robes. Everything else had to go. Including about 20 different princess dresses. Oh, my aching heart.
Then there were the photographs. Oh so many photographs, going back over 40 years. Oh my, I was such a pretty teenager, why didn’t I see it then? Maybe I’ll scan some later.
It’s also been a sad time for memories as I lost a dear friend to the dreaded cancer this week. 15 years ago I was searching the internet for someone to talk to about my miscarriage (my one and only.) I came across a forum (Facebook wasn’t a thing then and forums where a good way of making connections.) I came across a group of women who were all of a similar age as me and were all trying to have babies, or had lost babies. We became friends and over the years we laughed and cried together as we all went on our parenting journey. I still know many of these women now (Although we have moved on to Facebook.) I know so many women with children the same age as my girls (not so much my boy as we were all a little bit ‘past it’ by then…well apart from 3 of us!
Maggie was a lovely member of our group and we all will sadly miss her. She is the second member now taken from us by cancer.
Another of our group also lost her partner suddenly last week. So, it’s been a very sad time indeed.
So my memories this week have been cute, heart-warming and very sad. A true mixed bag of emotions.
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I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. I remember the days of online forums. I’m glad you found such a supportive group of friends through them. How lovely to go through all those memories sorting out your wardrobe. I can imagine it was hard whittling some of it down! Thanks for hosting #WotW
Definitely hard to throw things out, but I had to honestly think about how many pages of scribble I needed to preserve.
I did a similar thing this week, except it was the coat cupboard that also houses all the random stuff that has no other logical home! The stuff I found…
My condolences on the loss of your friend xx
oh I dare not venture inside the coat cupboard, I’m sure there is a Narnia in there! (hidin’t the Christmas tree)
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to you and your friend’s family. I had one miscarriage before my 2nd son was born. That was over 30 years ago and there were no internet support groups then. I struggled. Glad you could find a group of like-minded women to help you get through that rough time.
Yes, we’ve all shared so much over the years, even though many of us have never even met in real life. It does help to talk.
Sorry to hear about your friend. I lost my best friend to an illness some years ago. We had some great times and I have some great memories. I really need to have a sort through some boxes that I have, full of books and things I’ve collected over the years. I can’t throw anything away though lol.
I’m so bad at throwing things away, but I’m not going to be able to fit in all this stuff in my new wardrobe…despite it being twice as big!!
It sounds like you have done a lot of sorting. It must have been wonderful to find all of those wonderful memories.
I love the sound of the dog. I thought you were on about a real one for a second. lol I hope you find a new home for her!
It is hard to part with things the kids have made, you did well.
Oh no! I am so sorry about your friend, how awful! x
I don’t think I will be able to part with Sash, although she is beginning to smell like a real dog…maybe some Febreze will help 🙂
Oh goodness. I thought you were talking about a real dog for a moment. I thought 20 years sounded amazing and why hadn’t you mentioned her before. Doh! Hope you find a place for Sacha. Nothing like a sort out to bring back floods of memories. Good ones. I’m so sorry that you have lost your friend. Forums were amazing places to exchange information and find like minded people. To keep up with them all for 15 years shows how strong a shared experience can be and special a friendship becomes. Thank you for hosting.
I loved forums, we did have our arguments and fall outs, but we always found support when we needed it, and having babies later in life needs a lot of support. I still pinch myself over my 3 miracles. Don’t worry about Sasha, she’s not going anywhere, she does need freshening up a bit though, I didn’t realise how old she smelt! She is a beautiful golden labrador, I did have a real one when I was a child called Sandy.
Oh no I am so so sorry about your friend that tragic, it takes people to young! I love going through old photos and memories it beings all those lovely memories back which is so special. I hope the wardrobes are now up and fully functioning x