Parting with the past, preparing for the future

Today marks an important day in my family, as we hold an estate sale for my parents.  My mother has been gone since 2007, but my father is still alive, though he lives out of the area now.  At age 95, he needs a lot of assistance, can’t hear very well, and does a lot of sleeping.  For the past several months, we’ve been making arrangements for the sale, and it just hit me this morning that everything in the house that we normally see… and have seen daily for years… will be disappearing one-by-one.  That’s a strange feeling. There are some things yet in the house that Dad has asked that we ship to him, and what he wants are strange items.  I’m wondering what he will do after the sale when he remembers something else that he wants… but that is no longer his?

Preparing for the sale has also caused me to think about our own objects and what will become of them when we’re older.  In my mind, I know who I want to give certain quilts to.  But what about all the fabric, sewing items such as my good Gingher scissors, sewing machines, etc.?  I guess it’s not wise to sit and think about all of this, but it is difficult NOT to!  Do you have a plan in place for your sewing collection of stuff?  What will you do with it?  Do you know who will get it?