Selling The Family Home

Sell your home they said. It’ll be fun they said. Fun in a stubbed toe, paper cut, cold and flu season kind of way…

I like to move it, move it 🎶

It’s the end of an era. At 79 years young, Mom followed her heart, pulled up her roots, and replanted her garden in Calgary. It feels right, and we couldn’t be more excited.

You don’t know what you’ve got…until you move

The past week was a whirlwind of purging, packing, and picking battles. The heartbreaking reality is our parents possessions, collected over a lifetime, aren’t worth their weight in gold. This generation doesn’t covet crystal, choose china, or hoard heirlooms.

Swift Current has always been our safety net, a warm fuzzy security blanket. A house brimming with mementos and memories. The grandkids growth chart, from sprouts to full bloom, recently painted out. A generation who filled their home with treasures, expecting to pass them down.

Leadership is mostly just hiding your panic from others

Stepping into the role of project manager after the death of a loved one is a BFD. My responsibility is to keep Dad’s generous spirit alive, stay upbeat, and pour the wine. The bossy controlling traits are thrown in for good measure.

Moving on is simple, it’s what we leave behind that’s hard

Dad’s memorial bench remains in Swift Current. His soul is spread amongst his beloved golf club and best friend Claude’s bench. Where he belongs. A perennial garden of ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

As for Mom, home is where the heart is. Even if we can’t remember which box it’s packed in…

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  1. Bonnie

    Drove by the house today . Hope Sheila is happy in her new home! ❤️

  2. Margot

    This time will come for us all eventually and it will be bitter sweet. I hope you Speedy Creek Pilgrims enjoy this new adventure together and that your mom loves her new home. Change is the only constant; may it bring you all new moments of joy

  3. Leslie

    Best wishes to your mom in her new home! Moving always hard!! Have to say though, it’s sure been nice for me to see how much 1478 meant to your family so I hope you get the chance to know the next owner loves it just as much as you did

  4. Rachel Kokott

    Great story. Swift Current holds a very special place in my heart too. Love going back to visit my sister.
    So lovely that your Mom is now near to you too. Enjoy your time with her! Thanks for always sharing !

  5. Denise

    A few years ago we packed up our Mom and Dads place at Swift Current also. So many treasures and memories, tears and photo albums . The first thought, what on earth do we do with it all. My brother was so positive and took charge, he was super organized and patient. I was so sad, and yet elated for our dad to start over at 80 years old . Our dad lives happily at a seniors apartment and continues to move on. But for me….. still feels like home as I drive up the tree lined street turn the corner and see our home. May it always be a safe place for the next family.

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