How do you say good-bye to a house?
Do you write a poem about the house, in the style and structure of Good Night Moon, one of your most favorite bedtime stories? In this great old house, there was a pink playroom and a cute kitchen. Good-bye, playroom. Good-bye, kitchen…
No, that feels forced and a little cheesy.
Do you write a letter to the new owner? Dear New Owner, We hope you love this house as much as we did. You know that square of paint that you see when you’re walking down the stairs from the bedrooms? That section that is slightly off-color? We used to have our handprints hanging up there, and we would high-five them as we walked down after bath time…
No, he doesn’t care about our sappy memories. This is his house now.
Do you blog about it? Do you blog about your favorite memories? Your first memory? Summer of 1992, it was. Maybe you blog about all the things you won’t miss about this house. The laundry room. The cramped entry way. The lack of a coat closet.
No, blogging doesn’t feel right either. Words just won’t convey the sentiments in your heart.
Do you take a photo of your family standing outside the house? Maybe your daughter will say it is a good idea, and maybe she’ll say you can put the picture in your “rememory box”, which will make you smile. Maybe you’ll look at the photo and you will realize your youngest daughter will probably never remember that she ever lived here at all, and that realization will make you cry.
No, then the picture will only make you sad.
How do you say good-bye to a house? You don’t, I guess. You pack and pack and pack. You are so busy packing and planning for the big move that you don’t even have much time to think about saying good-bye. You are so excited about your new house that you don’t even think much about this old house, actually.
You pack and you pack and you pack and then moving day comes and it is so busy and hustling and bustling and there are people everywhere and suddenly it’s time to go, so you take one last look at the empty house and you shut the door and you drive away towards your new home and you just cry.