It took a while, but my parents’ retirement home in Florida finally sold. I hope it gives the next owner a peaceful and happy stay, as it most certainly did for my parents. I hope it is as much a true “home” (versus house) for them as it was for my parents. I’m sad to see it go, and will miss the area they lived in – quite charming quiet little golf community near a charming quiet little beach with a more upscale charming town of Venice nearby. Charm like that is hard to find in big buckets like that.
My realtor was nice enough to clean out the rest of the house for me – what was left after I cleaned it over the summer (see post: https://rarpin.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/saying-goodbye-to-a-home/) and what the new owners didn’t want (they kept some of the furniture). And the closing documents were signed remotely, so that means the last time I will see that house was quietly taking a moment during the trip to clean it, and reflecting on 17 years of my parents in the house (plus three more years in Florida before that renting an apartment).
There was actually quite a lot of stuff left: knick-knacks, house supplies, tools, small furniture. My parents weren’t pack rats necessarily, but I reflect on how much I took out and how much I recall being left, and I’m thankful for my realtor handling it! It took me an entire day to do what I did last summer. They were definitely prepared, so my dad had a seemingly endless supply of light bulbs and they had their annual food store for a hurricane – canned foods and jugs of water!
One thing I’m glad my mom kept and we moved with her were a bunch of photo albums which included their time in Vegas but also their time in Florida. So we still have to fun photos of them on the beach, enjoying the sun, and golfing, and hanging out on their patio. We haven’t flipped through those albums with mom in a couple of months, will be good to do that again with her.
Memories are powerful, and in this case I reflect on my parents and their house pretty regularly if not daily. It is comforting to know they had so much quality time together and in retirement to enjoy each other. We can only hope to be so lucky in our lives.