Actually it wasn't just 40+ years worth of my sister's life, it was also dismantling over 60 years of my family.
I found so many things from my childhood, and in a box in the garage there were all of the family photos that my mom hadn't told me were missing.
Those four weeks were not only physically exhausting, they were also emotionally draining. It was a time for releasing the old.
Of course I saved the photos and other things that I considered important, and my daughters left after their weekend here with a van full of furniture and some important memories.
My mom and I will go through the photos. She will take what she wants and I will remove the rest from their frames. My sister has said she doesn't want any of her old photos, but there may come a time when she will want to see them and I will have them in a folder for her.
Dismantling my family caused me to think about what I want in the future. As many of you know I have been very conflicted, and I still am. I do know that I want a fresh new future. I may not be able to just pack a suitcase and walk away from my past like my sister did, but I want changes.
I plan to look at how I allowed other people and circumstances to control my life, and I am going to take a real look at my options.
Soul searching is going to be in my immediate future, and I will share it with you because I know that many of you are going through some of the same things.
Maybe 66 isn't as old as I thought. Maybe it is the prime of my life.