It's been awhile since I've written except for Spiritual Journey Thursday posts. Our summer was overfull with moving and getting settled in a new-to-us place (closer to daughter's family and only 30 minutes away from where we used to live).
When I saw the SOS prompt for August: Say Hello or Goodbye, I knew I would need to write a goodbye post to the house we've lived in for 25 years. I made a final visit to our home on Wednesday so I could say goodbye. This is what tumbled out.
Goodbye Evergreen Lane
Goodbye 25 years of memories on Mercer Island,
beginning with chants of “our house,” as we passed you on West Mercer
until our hoped for dream became a reality, and we moved in.
Our fifth and seventh grader ventured forth
to forge new friends in the Northwest.
Before we knew it, homecoming parades and Island Celebrations
and All Island Band nights became family traditions
and we found ourselves comfortably at home.
Far too soon our nest emptied as Blake and Sara
headed off to college and new adventures.
Days when they returned were the best -
longed for, relished, and celebrated.
And then their spouses joined us around the table
for games and big breakfasts and laughter and love.
And then the longed for grandchildren arrived
to play with toys from their parents’ childhoods
to roam the bamboo trail on adventures with Grandpa
to bake cookies and read stories with Grandma
to bubble play and scooter time on the paving stones
to crank homemade ice cream in the summer
to the wintry delight of sliding down the snowy little hill.
Through it all we’ve loved you so.
Soon you won’t belong to us,
but our memories are rich
and you will hold a forever place in our hearts.
- Ramona Behnke