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  •  It's true you can't keep and save everything. You (11+ / 0-)

    just have to figure out what you really want to keep. Easy for me to because all my mother's stuff is still at my dad's. I'm not looking forward to making decisions there too.

    •  I saved a photo I found while cleaning up (2+ / 0-)
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      Lorikeet, Fairlithe

      my mom's house. Three of my siblings were there and I gave the copies to them. As there were only four copies, I figured we had the right as we made the effort. We laughed so hard. Mom had a favorite coffee cup which was my favorite too, so whoever got to the kitchen first got to use it (unless I turned my back; sometimes she'd snag it, rinse it out and fill it for herself, "I thought you were finished"). We also grew up heating milk for coffee on the stove, but often burnt up the pot. Then microwaves came along and more extreme messes. How does this relate to a photo? My favorite cup disappeared long before Mom died and I never found out what happened to it. I finally have the evidence in hand, though hard to see: the picture is of a once active tiny volcano of brown dried milk, except the blackened areas where flames once shot up. It appears to be attached to some sort of plate, I think, and I can see just enough of the color of that cup. I love that picture. Every now and then, in the morning, I burn the milk or toast and think of my mom.

      "Until death it is all life." Don Quixote

      by cv lurking gf on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 04:38:14 PM PST

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