Special occasions only. Pour les moments importants

When the difficult day came to move my parents to a nursing home, we began the process of emptying  their apartment. Much had been crammed in from the last 63 odd years. Some things had been misplaced for years such as the messages of congratulations on their 60th from the Pope, the Queen, the Governor General and the Prime Minister. The treasures, the art work and those things that we, the children, treasure were divided easily, once we had culled what they wanted to decorate their rooms. Renaissance will receive many boxes and bags. And yes so will the garbage chute.

L’admission difficile en CHRDL de mes deux parents il y a 2 semaines, nous impose le nettoyage finale de leur appartement avant le 30 juin. Il y avait des belles surprises- la voile de mariée de ma mère et les certificats de félicitations à l’occasion de leur 60ème étaient retrouvés. Une fois la décoration de leurs chambres était finie, on s’est mis à diviser les trésors qui restaient. La tâche était facile. Le partage était entre 2 sœurs, Renaissance et la poubelle.

Je me rends compte ce soir, qu’il faut utiliser la bonne vaisselle, se donner plaisir à prendre le vin dans une belle coupe, et de mettre les belles nappes. Mes parents ne vont plus avoir cette chance.

The right time, the good occasion must not have presented itself lately.Their condition made only the first shelves accessible. The good china and stemware were coated in dirt, sitting high up in the cupboard. Brand new towel sets were stored with care. My parents will not have the joy of using these. We are forturnate to have them-to use. Today is the special occasion. Today I will light candles for supper. I will not wait for guests to take out my mother’s dishes. I will handle these with care to pass on to the next generation, but the now has become important. Using my parents gifts, installing the art on the walls immediately is my way of celebrating and thanking them.

Le bon moment est donc venu. J’ai décidé de ne plus attendre la visite pour utiliser les belles choses de mes parents. Les tableaux d’art sont déjà aux murs. Aujourd’hui est le bon moment de leur rendre hommage en célébrant tout ce qu’ils ont réussit et fait pour moi-en utilisant cet héritage précieux.

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