Busy Work

Today I started the task of sifting. I’m going through all the “stuff” that Jack has accumulated in his time. Jack was a pack rat and often came home with more than he went with to the recycling center! You know, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure?

As I go along, I am amazed at all Jack’s junk (totally trash!). My brother inlaw will be pleased. I’ve thrown out a lot of garbage already.

I was doing well, and it hit me…Jack’s not coming back. Now I know it was his time. I know he is in a better place. But darn it. I sure do miss him.

John Galsworthy wrote: “Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.” In my case, this is true. I shared 35+ years with my husband. So many times, travels, laughter, joy, and challenges.

I thought I was prepared. I thought I was ready. On certain levels, I am. Maybe clearing this house filled with his junk will be a soothing balm for my soul.


2 thoughts on “Busy Work”

  1. Well, to repeat myself – you are awesome to tackle this right now. From what I’ve read, this is something that is often put off for a long time. I can see, though, where it could be a good thing to do this kind of clean-out.

  2. On some it is easier than said and done. I learned when my husband passed I got rid of somethings to soon. Prayers and calming thoughts as you go about this task.

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