Thursday, September 15, 2022

Sharing Our Stories and Poetry Friday: Goodbye Evergreen Lane

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

11 comments:

  1. And what a lovely, loving home it was. Our in-person visits under that roof were few, but treasured. Anxiously awaiting further memories being made with family and of course friends, old & new.

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  2. BFF Jan is the anon-menace poster! 🤣

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  3. Ramona, your memories will last forever but your touching poem preserves your thoughts. You summed you goodby with happiness and joy. Best of luck in your new house.

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  4. Moving from a beloved home is always so hard, but new adventures and memories await in your new one. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem. Wishing you all the best!

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  5. This house is definitely a character in your life story. Long may the fond memories warm your future.

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  6. Oh, Ramona, as you know, I've been there, too, leaving my home for new. The memories as you've shown so lovingly will stay. I remember every inch and I'm sure you will, too. Best wishes for finding new joy in your new home!

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  7. Oh, my goodness...that brought some tears to my eyes. I'm cleaning, "up and out" to get ready for this. And, I'm not so sure that I should be moving this fast as saying goodbye is really not part of my daydreams now. What a lovely, beautiful goodbye to a part of life that was and remains so precious.

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  8. What a beautiful good-bye poem. I take it your are still in the Seattle area?

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  9. I hope your memories give life to whomever will live there next. Thank you for sharing this!

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  10. Beautiful tribute to a much-loved home. I hope your joy in your new home will be just as rich!

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