Part 1: “Are you sure you want to get rid of this?”
She is quite the charmer. A big old Southern Lady House, with a past. She is 121 years old, or she is 103 years old. Ladies do lie about their age. Known locally as Miss Knight’s House, for the family of school teachers who taught several generations of children in this small southern village tucked tightly into the eastern shoreline of the United States.There are rooms for sewing, and reading, built in shelves for all of the books. Rooms for the Grandchildren, a great big bathtub, showers tucked under stairs, warm cypress flooring, and spare rooms to accumulate finds from yard sale, craft, and antiquing. There are front porches where neighbors gather to drink tea, mint juleps, or home made wine. There are back porches off that beautiful warm kitchen where breakfast is served, crabs are eaten, laundry gets hung on rainy days, and lemon trees in big clay pots thrive, their fragrance permeating into the house and back yard.. I listen to many stories on those porches, often long into the night. Stories of the Old South and the New South. We lived and loved in the Southern Lady-House. Ready to live lighter on the planet.
Got rid of over 5,000 pounds of stuff. Books, furniture, nick knacks, tools, and at least a thousand of those pounds being the “WHAT WERE WE THINKING!” piles. One box a day gone a minimum, working through one shelf of books, one drawer at a time, putting FREE signs on dressers, a boat, shelves, rugs, hauling them out to the sidewalk where they were quickly loaded up and driven away by someone glad to have them. Passing stuff on to our Daughter, Grandchildren, neighbors, charity, and friends. If you came into the door and your eyes lingered with interest on something, chances are you could go home with it.
Once we got into this shedding of the stuff, we began to really enjoy it, and I can only describe it as a feeling of freedom and lightness. Said our prayers, buried our Saint Joseph’s and put the Southern Lady House on the market For Sale. The Southern Lady House sold. Just that quick. Atlas Movers headed west with the remaining stuff. Said our goodbyes to friends. One last dive into a still chilly Atlantic Ocean, one last meal of fresh from the boat fish.
Not being responsible for the big Southern Lady House is bittersweet. A fun time was certainly had by all.
Coming Soon: Part Two
A new Nikon COOLPIX L830, as we take off on our road trip across America.