My family and I live on the south shore of Massachusetts, now. But I (Laura) was born and raised out in western MA, in the city of Westfield. Most times when I go back home to my parent’s house, my father urges me to take anything in the house that I want, for myself. “Anything at all”, he stresses. I most always dismiss his invitation because, frankly, I want everything to stay there, just as it is. Forever, really. But at least, for as long as possible.
You see, my mother passed away in 2005. It’s so hard for me to believe it’s been that long already. But what’s harder for most others to believe, is that my father has kept everything in the house, just as it was when my mother was there. He even keeps it clean. Vacuumed, dusted, the dishes done; everything. You’d think she was still there.
It’s a 100 year old 3-story, 2 family house. Walking into that house, [Read more…]