you can’t take it with you

garage work

After a full day of sorting through box after box of what was left of the senior Macys’ earthly possessions after their children and grandchildren and even great-grandchildren had chosen what we/they wanted to keep, I snapped this one picture for a keepsake of my own. It will serve as a reminder about why it’s a good idea to release attachments to my own earthly possessions. How much stuff does it take to live comfortably? Who is going to want this or that after I’m gone?


Thankfully, one of the grandsons can wear both the hat and the boots!


The family tree will hang in Rachel’s home—eventually.


John took home the “Nobody’s Purfect” stitchery, remembering the stories of Howard and Mauri’s penchant for crookeding all the frames in their parents’ house.


John’s idea is good—record everything with the camera and then find new homes for all the tangible stuff.

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2 Responses to you can’t take it with you

  1. MarDee McDougal says:

    Absolutely LOVE these pictures. Especially the ones of the wedding album & of the boots…to say nothing of the “purfect” one. You know…I think they’re ALL “PERFECT”.

    So many memories —

    For so many years I’d remember them in my prayers…seems SO strange to not have Mahlon & Hazel on my “prayer list” anymore.

  2. Aimee says:

    First of all, I would like to send my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your loved one. I know he is in heaven and the knowledge of that makes the loss a bit easier to bear.
    I SO understand this post—my sibling and I are still sorting through things after my mom’s death a year ago. I too have taken photos of some of the things I want to remember but just can’t rationalize keeping. And I too have asked myself the same questions because I don’t want any of my kids to have to deal with my stuff and I don’t want to be ‘buried’ in stuff while I am still living:) 🙂 The photos were great–a sense of humor helps a lot!

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